Warriors drop two games in Carpet Capital Classic
Posted By Sparta Live | December 21, 2009 12:00 am
The Warrior basketball team joined the Warriorettes in the pre-Christmas trip to Dalton, Georgia for the Carpet Capital Classic.
The WCHS boys’ did not fare as well as their female counterparts as they came home after dropping both their games in the event.
The opening round game on Friday against the host team, Dalton, was sloppy, to put it mildly. The Warriors turned the ball over 37 times in the contest. The Catamounts themselves had 22 turnovers, but still picked up the 75-47 wins over WCHS.
Saturdays’ game for WCHS was much better as four quarters were not enough to decide the outcome, but the Warriors came up short 61-59 in overtime falling to 2-7 overall on the season.
The weekend got off to a terrible start for the Warriors before the first shot was even attempted. The coaching staff had to suspend four players indefinitely for violation of team rules. Despite the loss of the players, the team had to regroup and find a way to compete.
Friday’s game was a dismal outing for the team as they committed 37 turnovers in the game against a talented Dalton squad.
The game began with the Warriors getting blocked by the big 6-8 post player of the Catamounts on the first possession. Dalton pushed it down the floor and converted immediately. The Catamounts would, in fact, open the contest with a 14-0 run. All 14 of those points were eight lay-ups or free throws after coming up with a steal and were fouled on the way to the basket. The Warriors had six turnovers in the first five minutes of the contest.
Jordan Armstrong finally broke the ice for the Warriors with a jumper at the 2:42 mark. That would be the only WCHS points in the first frame as Dalton led 23-2 after one period of play.
Nineteen points would be as close as WCHS would get the rest of the way in the contest. Dalton put 75 points on the board and only hit one trey in the game. The majority of their points came in transition of the 37 Warrior turnovers.
Josh Turner led the Warriors with 16 points in the contest. Daniel Duke, David Sorrell and Caleb Lowery each added eight points. Duke and Lowery pulled down seven rebounds each.
The Warriors shot 39.5 percent overall form the field for the game. They were 13 of 29 inside the arc and four of 14 on three point attempts. They were nine of 13 from the free throw line. Dalton went 18 of 30 from the charity stripe.
Although the Warriors didn’t pick up a win on Saturday, the game was closely contested all the way through and even required an overtime to decide the outcome.
The Warriors led through most of the first two and a half quarters, but couldn’t hang on for the win.
Josh Tuner once again led the Warriors in scoring tossing in 22 points. Daniel Duke added 14 points in the paint.
Murray County scored first in the game knocking down a pair of free throws. A Caleb Lowery basket knotted the score. Murray knocked down a three to take a 5-2 lead. A basket by Duke pulled the Warriors to within one. The Warriors finished out the frame with a 9-0 run with all the points coming in three-point increments. Turner got it started with a trey. That was followed by an old-fashioned three-point play by Travis Howard. Turner’s three-point basket put the Warriors up 13-5 after one quarter of play.
Murray started the second quarter with a 6-0 run to pull within two. Baskets by Lowery and Duke pushed the lead back out to four. The teams would trade baskets for most of the rest of the first half. The Warriors held a 23-19 lead at the intermission.
After Murray scored first to start the second half, Duke and Lowery again pushed the Warrior lead to six with back-to-back baskets. Murray County, however, went on an 11-0 run to take a 32-27 lead with just under four minutes gone off the clock in the third quarter. A Duke three–point play made it a two-point game. Murray held a 38-32 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Murray lead was still six points with 7:02 left in regulation. Back to back threes by Turner made up the difference quickly. Turner tied the score at 41 with 5:19 left in the fourth quarter.
Murray County would hold onto the lead until a Duke three-point play with 2:39 left in regulation put the Warriors on top 49-48.
The Warriors had several opportunities to increase their lead, but couldn’t convert after a Murray turnover and a pair of missed free throws. Turner’s three point attempt with 1:31 to play was off the mark and Murray converted their three on the other end to retake the lead with 1:17 left.
Freshman Devon Davidson knotted the score at 51 with his basket for the Warriors with 57 seconds remaining. Murray went back up by two, but Davidson answered again at the 21 second mark keeping pace for WCHS.
Murray’s plan was to take the last shot, but turned the ball over to WCHS with five seconds left. Armstrong’s attempt at the buzzer was no good forcing the overtime period.
Neither team could convert on their first possession of the extra frame. Murray County did score first with a basket at the 2:52 mark. They would never relinquish the lead.
The closest the Warriors would get was on one of two free throws by Lowery on the next possession. Murray pushed the lead out to four, 58-54, with 1:43 to play. Davidson missed a pair of free throws with 1:26 to play, but made up for it with a steal and lay-up with 50 seconds to play. Murray increased their lead to three with a free throw. The Warriors, however, turned the ball over with 32 seconds left and then was whistled for an intentional foul. Murray missed both free throws, but then made one of two after they were fouled on the possession. The Warriors again turned the ball over and Murray added one more free throw to push out to a 61-56 lead with 18.6 seconds left.
Kane Young’s three pointer with two seconds left made the final of 61-59.
The Warriors shot 34.4 percent overall from the field for the game. They were 17 of 41 on two point attempts and four of 20 three on their three point baskets. They connected on 13 of 18 free throws.
The next action for the Warriors will be Monday, December 28th, when they take on Daniel Boone at 6 p.m. in the Sonic Shootout.