Warriorettes come from behind for win
Posted By Sparta Live | February 3, 2011 12:00 am
The Warriorettes of White County High School led three times for a total of 1:43 in Tuesday’s game against the Shelbyville Central Golden Eaglettes.
The good news is they picked the best time to lead at least for 19 seconds of the game. That was the final 19 seconds of the contest.
For the second time this season, Krista King had the game-winning basket. This time, her 10-foot jumper with 19 seconds left on the clock put the Warriorettes up 50-49. WCHS (12-9) then held off two opportunities by the Golden Eaglettes (9-12) to escape with the win.
The victory over the Eaglettes snapped a four-game losing streak to Shelbyville. The win was the first over Shelbyville since the region championship game in 1997.
WCHS featured a balanced scoring attack in the game as no players reached double figures, but nine different players scored. Allyson Quillen and Amber Hudgens led the way with eight points each.
The Warriorettes trailed by as many as 10 points three different times in the game. The last time came with just over two minutes left in the third period.
One of the three WCHS leads in the game came 35 seconds into the contest. Kristin Jones scored first in the game to give WCHS a 2-0 lead. Shelbyville put in one of two free throws less than a minute into the game and then took the lead with a three pointer at the 6:16 mark. After another Golden Eaglettes free throw, Loren Foster tied the score at five with a three. That would be as close as WCHS would be for a long time.
Shelbyville knocked down back-to-back threes that started a 10-0 run. With 2:33 still to play in the first quarter, the Warriorettes trailed 15-5. Kaydra Cash stopped the run when she came off the bench and knocked down a trey with 2:06 left in the first. One of two free throws by King and a three by Brittany Dodson made it a three-point game. However, Shelbyville finished out the first quarter on a 5-0 run pushing their lead back out to eight, 20-12.
The Golden Eaglettes would stretch the lead back to 10 with 5:42 left in the half. The Warriorettes would chip into the lead over the remainder of the period. Hudgens connected for two free throws with 1:02 left. Foster’s half court shot as the first half expired sent the Warriorettes into the locker room trialing by only two, 29-27.
The Warriorettes were able to keep the game close in the first half by taking care of the ball. They committed only two turnovers in the first two quarters of play.
The teams traded baskets early in the third quarter, but Shelbyville went on a 7-0 run over a two minute span of the period pushing their lead back out to 10. A free throw at the 2:06 mark made the score 44-34. No one would score again in the frame until Hailey Roberts knocked down a three at the horn getting the Warriorettes to within seven, 44-37, with eight minutes left to play.
WCHS turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter and out scored the Eaglettes 13-5 to steal the win.
With 4:30 left to play, Shelbyville led by eight, 47-39. Two free throws by Latha Wilson with 3:22 remaining made it a six point game. After a Shelbyville turnover, King netted two free throws at the 3:10 mark cutting the lead down to four.
The Golden Eaglettes turned the ball over on two straight possessions, but WCHS couldn’t capitalize. Finally with 1:45 remaining, Jones put back in a teammate’s miss making it a two-point game.
Shelbyville would turn the ball over two more times over the next 30 seconds. Quillen’s offensive rebound put back turned into a three-point play with 47 seconds left. That gave the Warriorettes their first lead, 48-47, since the 6:16 mark of the first quarter.
The Golden Eaglettes took the lead back with 32 seconds remaining. That set up King’s game winner with 19 seconds left.
Shelbyville turned the ball over attempting to throw it inside with seven seconds left. King was fouled on the ensuing inbounds, but missed both tosses. After calling timeout with 5.3 seconds left, the Golden Eaglettes shot at the buzzer was no good allowing WCHS to escape with the win.
The Warriorettes shot 39.5 percent overall from the field for the game. They were 10 of 24 inside two-point range and seven of 19 outside the arc. They were nine of 16 on free throw attempts. Shelbyville shot 50 percent from the field. They were 12 of 27 on two point attempts, but hit six of nine three-point attempts. They were seven of 14 from the free throw line.
The Warriorettes finished with just seven turnovers. Shelbyville held the 25-19 rebounding advantage.
Coach Bryan Haley commented on what brought the Warriorettes back in the game.
“I thought late in the fourth quarter, our defense got better. We finally got up and started really pressuring the ball and getting in the passing lanes. We caused them to turn the ball over and got some stops. We had balanced scoring in the game. Several girls scored. We rotated a lot of kids because we were struggling early with their press. We threw a lot of bodies at them. It was a good win for us. I am proud of the girls for hanging in there and not giving up. When we got the game close, we did a lot better job of finishing.”
The Warriorettes will play host to Cumberland County Friday in a District 6AAA match-up. The Lady Jets are coming off their first district win of the season. They upset Cookeville 65-50 Tuesday handing the Lady Cavs their first district loss of the season. That pulls the Warriorettes within one game of Cookeville with three district games remaining. WCHS is 3-2 in the district and Cookeville is 5-1.
Cumberland County is 5-15 overall and 1-5 in the district. The win Tuesday snapped a six-game losing streak for the Lady Jets. The Warriorettes defeated Cumberland County 42-20 in Crossville.
The game is slated to tip off at 6 p.m.
WC – 12 15 10 13 – 50
SC – 20 9 15 5 – 49
White Co. (50) – Jones 7, Dodson 6, King 7, Wilson 2, Foster 6, Quillen 8, Cash 3, Hudgens 8, Roberts 3.
Shelbyville Central (49) – Roark 1, Ester 3, Kelsie Smith 15, Horner 2, Sales 9, Brianna McDonald 19.
Records: WC 12-9, SC 9-12
Three point baskets – WC 7 (Dodson 2, Foster 2, Quillen, Cash, Roberts), SC 6 (McDonald 4, Sales, Ester). Rebounds – WC 19 (Wilson 6), SC 25 (McDonald 6). Assists – WC 10 (Roberts 3). Steals – WC 4 (Dodson 2). Turnovers – WC 7, SC 15.