WCHS Warriors and Warriorettes drop two in Baxter


The White County Warriors and Warriorettes traveled to Baxter, on Jan. 20, to face off against district foe Upperman in both boys’ and girls’ basketball action. 

The Lady Bees would be looking for revenge as the Warriorettes ended their 17-game winning streak earlier in the year at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.  The Warriors would be looking to even the series with the Bees after the Warriors lost in overtime in the previous game, having given up a huge second-half lead.  The atmosphere from both games was electric, and the fans were treated to two amazing ball games.

The Warriorettes took the court first.  The Warriorettes got off to a slow start and only scored 6 points in the first quarter.  The Bees came out humming on offense.  They were led by two freshmen guards who both hit two 3-pointers in the first half.  The story for the night was how effective players, other than the usual stars, were for Upperman.  The score after one quarter was 14-6 in favor of the home team.

In the second quarter, Celeste Reed had 6 points and several rebounds.  Nia Powers scored a basket and Karley Gentry hit a long 3. The Lady Bees kept bombing it from long range, and the score at halftime was 24-17 in favor of the Lady Bees. It looked as if Celeste Reed made a basket at the end of the half to draw the score closer, but it was incorrectly waved off.

All the scoring for the Warriorettes in the third quarter came from Powers and Reed.  Although the Warriorettes scored 11 points they also gave up 11. The margin remained at 7 points going into the final quarter.  The Warriorettes were determined, however, to keep playing hard until the final buzzer.  The Lady Bees increased their lead to 12 points, with just over two minutes left in the game.  Coach Dodgen kept coaching, and the Warriorettes kept playing hard.  The Warriorettes made a great comeback but fell 3 points short as they lost 49-46.

Nia Powers led the Warriorettes in scoring, with 19 points.  Celeste Reed added 17 points.

The Warriors and Bees were the next teams to hit the floor.  The Warriors got scoring early from Thomas Brock, Jakeb Davis, and Christian Henderson.  Tripp Pinion had a great out-of-bounds play as he bounced a pass off an Upperman defender’s backside. The ball bounced back to Pinion who laid it in for an easy basket.  The score after one quarter was 13-10 in favor of Upperman.

The defense for the Warriors was great in the second quarter as they held the Bees to just 4 points.  Japheth Richmond had 6 points off the bench.  Christian Henderson and Jakeb Davis both hit 3s, and the Warriors carried a 23-17 lead into halftime. 

The defense for the Bees returned the favor to the Warriors in the third quarter, holding the Warriors to just 7 points. The lead was down to 3 at 30-27 going into the final quarter.  Upperman took the lead early in the fourth quarter.  The Warriors would keep the score close but would ultimately fall to the Bees by a score of 42-36.  Jakeb Davis was the only Warrior in double figures with 13 points.


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