By ZACH BIRDSONG
With both teams trailing at halftime, the West basketball squads notched a pair of home wins on comeback victories over White County on Monday night.
Down 19-17 at halftime, the Lady Bobcats (3-0) limited White County to just three points in the third quarter to take the lead and never looked back. West guard Jessica Edde buried a pair of 3-pointers in the period to put her team in front as the squad went on to secure the 34-26 win.
Tied at 27 late in the contest, West (2-1) guard Colten Tucker knocked down a shot with 2:11 left in regulation that put the Bobcats up 29-27 and in front for good. Tucker and teammate Ben Fulton knocked down a pair of free throws, while Devin Shockley added another as the West boys notched a 34-27 victory.
Tucker finished the game with six points on the night, while the team was led by Isaiah Prince who put up 11 on the night. Shockley scored eight points in the victory, while Fulton finished with seven and Quinton Howard rounded out the scoring finishing with two points.
While things ended positively for the Bobcats, the start was anything but glorious for the home team. White County took advantage of three turnovers by West, scoring the first six points of the contest.
The Bobcats were limited to just one field goal in the period, which came after Fulton knocked down a basket and was fouled on the play, as West headed into the second half down 10-5.
The woes didn’t stop there for the Bobcats as White County again forced multiple miscues by West, scoring the first nine points of the second quarter, grabbing a 19-5 lead with 3:53 left before halftime. From there, West settled down, scoring the final six points of the first half, heading into the locker room down 19-11.
After halftime, the roles were reversed as the Bobcats’ defense swarmed the Warriors, forcing six turnovers in the half. White County was also held to one basket in the period as Trey Crockett hit the lone shot.
West took advantage as Prince scored four points in the third period, while Shockley added three points and Howard scored two in the period. With 1:27 left in the quarter, Fulton knocked down a jumper that gave the Bobcats their first lead of the night, giving them a 22-21 edge they took into the final period of play.
White County came out in the fourth quarter, grabbing the lead right back as Crockett knocked down a pair of jumpers to put his team in front 25-22 with 5 minutes left in regulation. Shockley added back-to-back buckets before Prince added a free throw with 2:45 left in the contest, to put West back in front 27-25.
Off of a steal, White County guard Masyn Winningham scored to even things up before the Bobcats were able to close the game out.
In a tight first quarter of play, White County grabbed the early lead on the girls side. After Olivia McCreary knocked down a 3-pointer to give West a 6-5 lead, the Lady Warriors answered right back with a score as Lauren Turner buried a shot with seven seconds left in the first quarter, to put her team in front 7-6.
The Lady Bobcats came out firing, scoring the first six points of the second quarter to take a 12-7 lead. Kenzie Lenderman stole the ball, breaking away for a layup. She was fouled on the play and knocked down a free throw. Edde followed with a 3-pointer.
Lenderman added another basket while Macy Bowman was fouled while making a basket and knocked down a free throw. White County guard Kanden Reeves knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as West clung to a 17-13 lead.
Kanden added another basket and Jensine Lane added another field goal to tie the contest at 17 with 1:56 left before halftime. With 24 seconds left in the half, Kendreah Reeves put up a crazy, backwards shot that found the back of the net, giving White County a 19-17 edge heading into halftime.
The Lady Warriors came out and immediately added to their lead after Kanden stole the ball and took it for a layup to increase her team’s lead to 21-17. White County was limited to just one more point in the third quarter, as Kanden made a free throw, as West began to take control of the contest.
Bowman and McCreary each knocked down a jumper before Edde hit a pair of 3-pointers to put West in front 27-22. Layla McGee hit a free throw and McCreary added another basket as West headed into the final quarter of play with a 30-22 lead.
Offense was limited in the fourth period, with the teams combining for eight points. McCreary made three free throws while Lenderman added another as West won 34-27.
McCreary led all scorers on the night, putting up 12 pints in the victory. Edde added 10 points, while Lenderman finished with six, Bowman finished with five and McGee finished with one point.
Both West squads will be in action on Thursday when the teams travel to McMinnville to take on Warren County. The girls game gets underway at 6 p.m. with the boys game following 15 minutes after that contest concludes.
East teams drop to 0-3 on season
Down 32-26 to Coffee County on Monday, the East boys (0-3) squad couldn’t overcome the deficit in front of its home crowd as the Red Raiders notched a 45-31 victory.
The East girls were shut out in the first half, as Coffee County cruised to an easy 60-5 victory. Down 37-0 at halftime, the Lady Panthers got on the board after Anastasia Vanzant made a free throw and Blair Pyrdum made a basket in the third quarter. Lizzie Lawson added another basket in the fourth quarter for the Lady Panthers.
Both East teams are scheduled to travel to Harris on Thursday. Tipoff of the girls game is slated for 6 p.m. with the boys game taking place 15 minutes after that contest ends.