Warriors and Warriorettes sweep season series vs. DeKalb County

Posted By | January 12, 2017 6:12 am

Saylor Wilson goes up for a layup on Saturday. (Photos by ANDY SOUTHARD)

On Saturday afternoon, the White County High School Warriors and Warriorettes traveled down to Smithville to take on the DeKalb County High School Tigers and Lady Tigers.

Earlier in the season, White County played DeKalb in Roy Sewell Gymnasium and was able to get wins in both games that night. On Saturday, both teams were able to leave Smithville with the same outcome.

The Warriorettes were able to get the victory on Saturday behind the hot shooting of Deandra Luna and Hannah Leftwich. The Warriorettes defeated the Lady Tigers by a final score of 63-44.

In the second game of the night, the Warriors had to use an 11-2 run in the final 4:16 of the game to come out with the victory. The Warriors defeated the Tigers by a final score of 64-60.

In the first quarter of the Warriorettes’ game, the Warriorettes went down 3-0 to start off the game. But the Warriorettes would score the next 4 points to lead 4-3, with 6 minutes left to go in the quarter. However, the Lady Tigers would score the next 5 points to take a 4-8 lead, with 3 minutes left to go in the quarter. The Warriorettes would finish the quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 12-10 lead into the second quarter. Deandra Luna would score the first to make it a 6-8 game and then Hannah Leftwich would make 1 of 2 free throws to make it a one-point game. After a Lady Tiger basket, Brooke Stoglin would make 3 out of 4 free throws in two different possessions, and Leftwich would make a basket to finish out the scoring in the quarter.

To start the second quarter, the Lady Tigers came out scoring quickly. The Lady Tigers scored the first 5 points of the quarter and took a 15-12 lead, with 6:30 left in the half. But the Warriorettes would answer back quickly and score the next 13 points of the quarter. Luna would score the first 4 points of the quarter for the Warriorettes and give the Warriorettes the lead at 16 to 15, and they wouldn’t relinquish the lead for the rest of the game. Kanden Reeves was the next Warriorette to score, as she caught a pass from Luna on the right wing from behind the 3-point line and hit the shot to extend the Warriorettes’ lead to 19-15. Leftwich would score the next 4 points for the Warriorettes, hitting two free throws and a layup to make the score 23-15. Then Luna would end the run with 2:22 remaining in the half by hitting a layup to make the score 25-15. The Warriorettes would outscore the Lady Tigers 20-8 in the quarter and lead 32-18 heading into the locker room.

Coming out of the locker room, the Warriorettes started the quarter on a 6-0 run. Leftwich got the Warriorettes started with a layup, and then Luna hit a jumper from the free throw line, and Kaleigh Bray finished off the run when she caught a pass from Luna and hit a layup to give the Warriorettes a 20-point lead, with 5:30 left to play in the quarter. After the Lady Tigers had hit 1 of 4 free throws on two different possessions, the Warriorettes scored the next 5 points. Leftwich hit a layup and got fouled on the shot and made her free throw, then Luna hit a layup to push the Warriorettes lead to 43-19, with 3:43 left to go in the game. The Warriorettes would win by a final score of 63-44.

Luna led the Warriorettes in scoring with 22 points. Leftwich added 19 points, and Megan Anderson came away with 6 points. Stoglin and Reeves each chipped in 5 points apiece, and Julia Curtis finished the game with 4 points. Bray rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

In the Warriors’ game, the Warriors started the game off hot. The Warriors started the game off scoring the first 8 points of the game. Thomas Dalton scored the first 2 points of the game. Then Malik Murray scored the next 6 points, giving the Warriors an 8-0 lead, with 4:40 left in the quarter. The Tigers would get back in the game and hit three 3-pointers in the quarter, but the Warriors would lead 18-11 at the end of one-quarter of play.

In the second quarter the Warriors started off the quarter scoring the first 3 points. Pierce Whited went one of two from the free throw line, and Saylor Wilson got an offensive rebound put back to push the Warriors lead to 10 at 21-11. After a Tigers 3, Whited and Jared Carter would both hit a layup to push the Warriors ahead by 11 at 25-14, with 5:56 to go in the quarter. Carter would then score the Warriors’ next 8 points, but the Warriors would be outscored 14-8 to end the quarter. However, the Warriors led 33-28 going into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Tigers would come out firing from behind the arc. The Tigers would hit five 3’s in the quarter and outscore the Warriors 21-15 in the quarter and lead at the end of three quarters of play 49-48.

In the final quarter of the game, Whited came out and took control of the game. Whited would score 10 out of the Warriors’ 16 points in the quarter. Whited started the quarter off by hitting a 3 to give the Warriors the lead back at 51-49. After a Tiger basket that tied the game, Whited would then get fouled on a layup and go to the line and hit both of his free throws to give the Warriors a 53-51 lead, with 6 minutes to go in the game. After the Tigers had gone on a 7-0 run to take a 5-point lead on the Warriors, Whited would get fouled while shooting a 3-point shot and hit two of his three free throw shots to make the score 58-55 in favor of the Tigers with 4:16 left. After a Warriors’ stop, Saylor Wilson hit a shot underneath the basket to make it a 1-point game with 3:04 left to go in the game. Then with 2:22 left to go in the game, Carter gave the Warriors the lead when he caught a pass underneath the basket and hit the shot to make the score 59-58. The Warriors would hit five out of seven free throws to end the game and secure the victory. The Warriors won by a final score of 64-60.

Whited paced the Warriors scoring, with 27 points, and Carter came away with 18 points. Malik Murray finished the game with 8 points, and Wilson chipped in 4 points. Hunter Copeland added 3 points, and Thomas Dalton and Cole Crosland rounded out the scoring with 2 points apiece.

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