The Warriorettes came looking for vengeance, on Feb. 12, and got it. Sparta won the tip but missed the first shot of the game. It wasn’t until 45 seconds in that Stone’s Tessa Miller scored the first 2 points of the night. On the other end, White County’s Alaina Stiles scored off an offensive rebound. A tip from Morgan Quick allowed Mia Murray to drive to the other end and get fouled. She went 1/2 from the line. At 5:33, Miller went up and was fouled but missed her free throw to complete her And1; Stone led 4-3.
After a few missed possessions, Stone’s Atkinson made a 3. The Warriorettes turned it over, and Miller was fouled once again. Stone called a timeout, and Miller missed both free throws. Around 1:51, Murray laid it up. On the next play, Murray stole the ball and passed it up to Gracie Dodgen. Dodgen made the layup to tie the score at 7 but was also fouled and made her free throw to complete her And1, making the score 8-7. Under 30 seconds, Stone and White County both turned it over, so Stone finished out the quarter with a layup, 8-9.
White County got the ball to start the second quarter, and Dodgen hit a jumper. Stone made the next six points and got up 15-10. Before the five-minute mark, Celeste Reed stole the ball and finished it at the rim. Stone’s Lady Panthers went on another 6-0 run and got up 21-12. At 2:37, White County’s Addison Frazier drove to the rim for 2. A minute later, Stone’s Freitag was fouled and went 1/2 from the line. With 58.4 left in the half, Frazier got fouled and went to the line for a one-and-one. Both shots were good. Stone also got fouled but missed the front end of their one-and-one. White County’s Dodgen was fouled with 22.2 left and went 1/2, which was the last point scored in the half. The Warriorettes trailed 17-22 as they headed to the locker room.
The Warriorettes started out with the ball but missed. Both teams traded possessions, shooting some rough shots. At 7:01, Sparta inbounded the ball but passed it around until 6:18 where Stiles knocked down a 3. Stone made two more, and the score was 24-20 Stone Memorial. Nia Powers was fouled and made one of her foul shots. The next play, Stone scored on an offensive rebound. At 4:56, Powers sank a 3. Right after, White County’s Frazier drove in and hit a floater. This tied the game at 26. Thirty seconds later, Stone’s Buck was fouled and hit both shots. White County’s Dodgen and Reed hit back-to-back buckets to give the Warriorettes a 2-point lead. Just under three minutes, Stone scored 2 more and called a timeout. White County’s Dodgen drove and got fouled. She went 1/2. Miller was fouled for Stone but missed both of her free throws. White County’s Murray was passed the ball in the corner and drove it to the hole. Miller made three foul shots to close out the third quarter, tying it at 33.
Stone possessed the ball starting the fourth but missed their first scoring opportunity. Stiles blocked the ball from Stone, and Murray went down the floor for a layup. At 7:03, Stone turned the ball over. What should have been a foul in favor of the Warriorettes gave the ball back to the Lady Panthers. Both teams traded possessions and would not score until 5:30, and it would be Dodgen with a steal, which led to an inbounded possession where Dodgen was fouled and went 2/2 at the line. At 4:38, Stiles fouled Miller but she went 0/2. Stone inbounded the ball and turned it over. The Warriorettes took advantage, and Dodgen sank a 3, leading 40-33. Stone made a 2, then a 3, and then a steal and completed And1. Before the free throw, Stone called a timeout, with 1:12 to go. After the free throw, Stone took the 41-40 lead. Sparta called a timeout next. After the timeout, Stiles made a layup to take the 1-point lead. Stone was fouled and Freitag made both, allowing Stone to take back the one-point lead, with 10.3 left. The Warriorettes dribbled down the floor and found Dodgen coming off a screen where she shot and made the game winning 3. This put Sparta up 45-43. Stone called a timeout as the officials put 3.1 on the clock. The Lady Panthers tried to get a shot off but couldn’t. The Warriorettes finished out a 45-43 win. Gracie Dodgen also hit a milestone of joining the 2,010-point club and the Warriorettes all-time leading scorer.
The Warriors tipped off, and Stone got the tip and scored 2. After a few missed possessions, around 6:23, Grant Slatten fumbled the ball but got it back on the 3-point line and knocked it down. Stone turned the ball over, and Slatten elevated and made his jumper. The Panthers scored the next 4 points. Tanner Paul made a shot from the block and then Stone scored the next 5 points. At 3:19, Thomas Paul tipped in a missed 3 from Slatten. Slatten stole the ball from the Panthers and took it all the way for a dunk. This ended the first quarter, with the Warriors trailing 11-13.
Slatten opened the second quarter with a jumper. Stone also scored 2 points. Two minutes in, Slatten made back-to-back shots, allowing the Warriors to take a 2-point lead at 17-15. Japheth Richmond came in and put in some big minutes for the Warriors. He stole the ball and went in for a layup. He also had a few more steals and blocks before Stone scored 2. Right under four minutes, Davis knocked down a 3 assisted by Thomas Brock. Shortly after, Stone got fouled and made both free throws. Brock got fouled and went 1/2 from the line. At 3:03, Stone was fouled and sent to the line for a one-and-one, making both. Slatten was also sent to the line and went 2/2. Stone made the next 4 points and tied the game at 25. Under a minute, Slatten drove and dumped the ball to Cameron Stephens for 2. Stone got an offensive put back with 30 seconds left in the half, and Slatten hit a jumper right before the buzzer. The Warriors led 29-27 going into halftime.
Tanner Paul opened up the third scoring two points. Stone got sent to the line but missed both free throws. Davis knocked down another 3. Stone scored a bucket, but Slatten also sank another 3. The Warriors led 37-39, at 6:39. The Panthers scored the next 7 points and cut the Warriors’ lead to one. Slatten was sent back to the line and made the first one. He missed the second one, but Tanner Paul fought for the rebound and put it back up for 2. Stone scored 2 more, with 3:20 left in the third. After a Sparta inbound, Slatten was fouled and went 2/2. Stone called a timeout. After the timeout, Stone fouled Slatten as he made his shot and completed his And1. Around the two-minute mark, Slatten passed the ball up to Richmond for 2 more points. The Warriors led 47-38. Both teams traded possessions. With 12 seconds left, Davis scored 2, and Stone hit two free throws.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors led 50-40. Stone had the ball but walked five seconds in. Sparta got the ball inbounded, and Tanner Paul made a slick pass to his brother, Thomas Paul for a layup. Thomas Paul stole the ball and was fouled as he drove to the rim. He made 1/2 free throws. Stone scored two and Tanner Paul went 1/2 from the line after he was fouled. The Panthers called a timeout as they trailed 54-42, with 6:23 left. After the timeout, Stone made back to back buckets, which led to a Sparta timeout 20 seconds later. Stone again made back-to-back shots and cut the difference to 4. As the Warriors struggled to make shots, they called another timeout and led 54-50. After the timeout, Slatten scored 2 more points. Slatten traded a few baskets with Stone, making 7 as they made 6. Sparta called another timeout, with 34.3 remaining. The Warriors were sent to the line for a double bonus, but missed both shots. At 17.9 Stone made two more free throws and the last points on their side of the board. Tanner Paul and Thomas Paul were both fouled and collectively went 2/3 from the line. The clock ran out and the Warriors pulled out the 64-58 win over the Panthers.