Warriors and Warriorettes in Warren Co. Thanksgiving Classic this weekend
Posted By Sparta Live | November 27, 2008 12:00 am
While most people are either relaxing after all the turkey and dressing on Thursday or fighting the maddening crowds doing their Christmas shopping, the Warrior and Warriorette basketball teams will be back on the hardwood on both Friday and Saturday competing in the Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Warren County High School.
The Warriorettes will open the Classic on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Gallatin. The Warriors will have the second game of the day also taking on Gallatin.
The Gallatin girls’ squad finished 7-20 last year, but played in what most consider the toughest girls district in the state, District 9. They have to compete against the likes of defending state champion, Wilson Central, as well as Smyrna, Mt. Juliet and Lavergne on a regular basis. Wilson Central, Smyrna and Mt. Juliet are all listed as Top 10 preseason midstate teams and feature several Division I signees.
Gallatin is in a rebuilding mode this season. After graduating several players from last year, the team will also be under the direction of a new head coach, Radhika Miller, who was the assistant at Stone Memorial last season. They have split their two Hall of Fame games. The Green Wave led most of the game against Clarksville Northwest before losing 46-41. They defeated Portland 55-29 in a game, which saw Tatum Pryor, a sophomore, toss in 18 points.
Gallatin’s boys are also an inexperienced team under a very experienced head coach. Bobby Luna has been at Gallatin for several seasons. Prior to that, he was the coach of his alma mater, Warren County. His team went 22-8 last year, but graduated four seniors off that squad.
The Green Wave are 2-0 in their Hall of Fame games. They defeated Clarksville Northwest 75-72. Five players were in double figures led by the 22 points of Brandon Hunter. Hunter came back in their next game, a 62-38 win over Portland, and poured in 26 points.
On Saturday, the Warriorettes will once again start the day of action with a 4 p.m. game against Carter from Knoxville. Details are sketchy about the team who finished 5-15 last year.
The Warriors follow the Warriorettes and will take on Lincoln County. The Falcons finished 7-21 last season. They have split their two Hall of Fame games. They defeated Loretto 59-56. Reggie Phelps came off the bench to lead them in scoring with 15 points.
They faced off against a familiar foe of the Warriors in their second Hall of Fame game, Siegel. The Stars rolled to a 94-48 win over the Falcons. Phelps again led them in scoring with 13 points.