Video by Stacia Bishop Cain (edited from Facebook live)
By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director, White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – Freshman Sarah Cartwright made just one basket for the White House Lady Devils Tuesday night, but it sent the city into pandemonium with no time left on the clock.
With Gallatin leading by one after a jumper by Andrea McDowell, White House called timeout with 0.4 seconds left when the ball went off the Green Wave on a pass by Baylee Miller under the White House basket. Off the set play under the goal, Gallatin covered up leading scorer and senior McKenzie Vaughn and Sarah Cartwright slipped to the right side and bounced the bucket off the glass for a 38-37 victory.
Cartwright had just three points, making a single free throw in the first half.
Vaughn was the leading scorer with 19 and had at least four steals for the Devils, who led for the entirety of the game until Gallatin stormed back in the final minutes.
“I am so excited for our girls,” said White House head coach Jeff Bennett. “All I told Mac was not to panic, we have plenty of time, and the ball ended up going to Sarah and we made the bucket.”
Vaughn scored eight in the first half as White House built a 19-14 edge at the break. She had 11 more in the second.
Senior Kelly Cain scored all seven of her points in the first half but played the majority of the second battling foul trouble with four. Sophomore Baylee Miller had five points including a clutch three-pointer to keep it a four-point game. Cartwright and freshman Ragan Anderson had three each and junior Grace Mauphin one.
Gallatin got 10 from Makayla Wright and Jo’Neca Talley, but it was McDowell scoring with 11 seconds remaining to give the Green Wave the lead. White House had to inbound the ball three times, first to call a timeout, second after the stoppage in play with 7.2 seconds left, and then again after Miller’s pass inside sailed off the wall tipped by a Green Wave defender.
Mauphin was directly under the basket for the throw-in and White House stacked the offense, and when the Wave double-teamed the senior, it was Cartwright edging to the right of the paint for the game winner. The catch and shoot went through the net as the buzzer sounded and the gym erupted for an emotional victory.
White House (1-1) is off for Thanksgiving, and then back in action Tuesday at Portland.
JV – White House defeated Gallatin, 22-16 on Tuesday afternoon. The junior varsity team is also 1-1. Both teams lost to Beech Saturday.
Photos by Tommy Rouse