Warriors advanced to the District Championship

Posted By | February 27, 2017 5:58 am

From Feb. 18, 2017 game

On Feb. 18, the White County High School Warriors took on the Stone Memorial Panther in the District Tournament Semifinals with a chance to host a Region Tournament game on the line. The Warriors were leading by five heading into halftime and came out in the third quarter, and their offense exploded outscoring the Panthers 20-9 in the third quarter and used that point to help them hold on for the 65-53 victory.

In the first quarter of Saturday night’s game, The Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a Pierce Whited layup with 6:20 left in the first quarter. After a Stone Memorial the basket, the Warriors would score the next five points. Whited started the scoring going one of two from the free-throw line to put the Warriors up 3-2, and then Jared Carter and Malik Murray got back to back baskets to put the Warriors up 7-2 with 2:59 left in the first quarter. In Stone would get a basket, but Murray would answer back with a basket of his own to put the Warriors up 9-4. The Warriors and Panther would then trade baskets for the rest of the first quarter, and the Warriors took a 13-8 lead into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, Stone got the scoring started going one of three from the free throw line, and then Carter found some open space and hit a three to put the Warriors up 16-9 with 6:54 left in the first half. After stone answer back with a three of their own, Carter would hit a pair of free throws to put the Warriors up 18-12 with 5:11 left in the first half. Stone would then score the next three points to cut the Warrior lead down to three, but Carter would answer back scoring the next five points. With 3:36 left in the first half Carter scored on a layup and was fouled on the attempt. He would make the free throw, and then on the next possession, he would make a pair of free throws to put the Warriors up 23-15 with 2:30 remaining in the first half. The Panthers would close out the first half outscoring the Warriors 5-2, but the Warriors would lead 25-20 heading into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Thomas Dalton got the scoring started scoring on a layup, and then on the next possession, Carter hit a layup to give the Warriors a 29-20 lead with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter. After a Stone three, Carter would go two for two from the free throw line, and then on the next possession, Malik Murray would get three points the hard way. Murray would catch a pass underneath the basket and hit the layup and get fouled on the play, and he would make the free throw to put the Warriors up 34-23 with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter. After a Stone Memorial three, the Warriors would score the next eleven points. Dalton got the first two points when he got an offensive rebound and put it back up for two points, and then Malik Murray caught a pass from Cole Crosland and put it up to put the Warriors up 38-26. Then Thomas Dalton caught a pass from Crosland and put it up for two o put the Warriors up 40-26. On the Warriors next possession Whited hit a three, and then Hunter Copeland hit a shot underneath the basket to put the Warriors up 45-26. Stone would get a three-point play to end the quarter, but the Warriors would take a 45-29 lead into the final quarter of the game.

In the fourth quarter, the Panther would outscore the Warriors 24-20, but the Warriors would pull out a 65-23 win.

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