WCMS picks up three wins at Baxter
Posted By Sparta Live | November 27, 2008 12:00 am
The White County Middle School seventh and eighth grade teams traveled to Baxter on Monday to take on Cornerstone in four games.
WCMS finished 3-1 on the evening with the seventh grade girls and both eighth grade teams picking up wins. The seventh grade boys came up just short losing their first game of the season in overtime.
The eighth grade girls got what Coach Heather Mullins described as a “much needed win” in their game against the Yellow Jackets. The Warriorettes used a run at the end of the third quarter that carried over into the fourth to pick up the 34-20 win.
Points were at a minimum in the first quarter. Allyson Quillen got WCMS on the board at the 4:12 mark, but Cornerstone answered with a pair of free throws. Taylor Marcum’s basket at the 3:42 mark put WMC sup 4-2, but Cornerstone answered 42 seconds later. Those would be the only points of the first period.
Amber Hudgens got the first points of the second quarter when she connected on a pair of free throws less than 30 seconds into the frame. After a Cornerstone offensive putback, the Warriorettes put together a 6-0 run to take a 12-6 lead. Hudgens scored the first two points and then Quillen scored four straight. Cornerstone ended the first half with one of two free throws with three seconds left before the intermission. The Warriorettes led 12-7 at the break.
Cornerstone scored the first four points of the second half to get within one point. Cheyanna Jones came off the bench and got the first two points of the third quarter for WCMS at the 3:27 mark. The Yellow jackets answered with four straight knotting the score at 14 with 2:04 left in the stanza. Krista King, who scored all of her game high nine points in the second half, connected on one of two free throws at the 1:29 mark. She then added a lay-up to stretch the lead to three. Latha Wilson quickly came up with a steal and laid it in. Loren Foster picked off another pass. The Warriorettes finished out the frame with a three by Wilson and the Warriorettes led 22-14 going into the final quarter of play.
The fourth quarter began with an offensive rebound putback by King. After a Cornerstone basket, back-to-back baskets by Foster and King pushed the WCMS lead out to 12 with 3:30 still to play. Cornerstone would never get closer than 10 the rest of the way.
The eighth grade Warriors had to hold off a late Cornerstone surge to secure the win. The Warriors led by 12 with just under 2:30 to play, but saw the Yellow Jackets rally to get within a point. The Warriors scored the final four points of the game to seal the 52-47 win.
The Warrior full court pressure defense keyed their efforts in the first half. Back to back baskets by A.J. Wilkerson sandwiched around a Cornerstone free throw gave WCMS an early 4-1 lead. An old fashioned Cornerstone three point play knotted the score at four. Devin Davidson sandwiched his back-to-back steals and baskets around another Cornerstone free throw giving WCMS an 8-5 advantage. After a pair of Yellow Jacket free throws, Zach Hampshire scored four straight points upping the WCMS lead to 12-7 with just under a minute to play in the opening frame. Cornerstone finished the period with a basket making the score 12-9 going into the second quarter.
The host team closed that gap quickly scoring the first give points of the frame to take their only lead of the night, 14-12. After a pair of Andy Mathias free throws, Davidson added back to back steals and lay-ups, one of which he converted into a three point play. A three pointer by A.J. Wilkerson upped the Warrior lead to eight, 22-14, with 2:51 left in the half. Cornerstone scored six straight to get back within a basket before Mathias ended the Yellow Jacket run. After a Cornerstone lay-up, Davidson finished off the half with four straight to give the Warriors a 28-22 halftime lead.
The Warriors picked up where they left off in the second quarter to start the second half. Four points by Davidson and baskets by Hampshire and Cole Young gave WCMS a 36-22 lead. After Cornerstone scored their first second half points at the 3:25 mark of the third quarter, Young and Wilkerson gave the Warriors their biggest lead of the night, 16 points. The host team would cut it to 10, but Cole Bohannon scored as the horn sounded to end the third quarter with the Warriors on top 45-32.
The fourth quarter began with Cornerstone scoring four straight. A basket by Mathias and one of two free throws by Wilkerson put the Warriors up 48-36 with 2:23 to play in the contest. Warrior turnovers and free throw shooting by Cornerstone allowed the Yellow Jackets to go on an 11-0 run. They stuck back in a missed lay-up with 13 seconds remaining to make the score 48-47. With 9.2 seconds left, Wilkerson missed the front end of a bonus situation, but the rebound went out of bounds and belonged to WCMS. With 4.3 seconds remaining, Adam Jones nailed a pair of free throws for the Warriors giving them a 50-47 lead. After a Cornerstone timeout, the Warriors came out in their full court press. Jones tipped the inbounds pass and Wilkerson came away with the ball. He went to the line with seven-tenths of a second left and knocked down both tosses allowing WCMS to escape with the 52-47 win. Davidson led the Warriors with 18 points followed by Wilkerson with 12.
In the evening’s first game, the seventh grade Warriorettes defeated Cornerstone’s junior varsity 21-17. The seventh grade girls built an 8-1 lead after one quarter, but Cornerstone got to within three, 11-8, at the half. The home team cut their deficit to one, 15-14, after three quarters of play. WCMS out scored the Yellow Jackets 6-3 in the final period to secure the win. Paige Winningham led the Warriorettes with 12 points.
The seventh grade Warriors were in a battle from start to finish of their game. They led 10-9 after one. The game was tied at 17 at the half. The Warriors built a 26-23 lead going into the fourth quarter and led by five with two minutes to play. Cornerstone battled back and scored with three seconds to play knotting the score at 30 forcing the overtime.
The Warriors never led in overtime. Cornerstone scored the first four points of the extra period. A three-point play by Skylar Delaney, who tallied 17 on the night, made it a one-point game. Cornerstone completed a three-point play to take a 37-33 lead. After a Dalton Nash basket, Cornerstone sealed the win going four of four from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds for the 41-35 win.
Only three Warriors scored in the game. Following Delaney was Nash with 15 points. Blake Lynn added three to round out the scoring.
The seventh and eighth grade teams were back in action Tuesday at Avery Trace, but that game was not complete at press time. The next action for the middle school teams is Monday, December 1st. The eighth graders travel to Tullahoma East and the seventh grade travels to Monterey to take on Burks Middle.
8th Warriorettes (34) – Quillen 6, Wilson 5, King 9, Hudgens 4, Foster 6, Marcum 2, Jones 2.
8th Warriors (52) – A.J. Wilkerson 12, Devin Davidson 18, Hampshire 6, Mathias 6, Young 6, Bohannon 2, Jones 2.
7th Warriorettes (21) – Roberts 5, Paige Winningham 12, Cunningham 2, Bennett 2.
7th Warriors (35) – Lynn 3, Skylar Delaney 17, Dalton Nash 15.
Vs. South Jackson (L 42-25)
8th Warriorettes (25) – Quillen 6, Hudgens 4, Foster 3, King 2, Marcum 4, Walters 2, Jones 4.