By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – Durstin Adams, Andrew Nixon and Evan Webster all made big shots, and Jared Ward just kept making a lot of them.
In the end, a total team effort led White House to erase an 18-point deficit late in the third quarter and beat Sycamore at home, 78-68.
Ward dropped in 29 points to lead all players, but Adams, Nixon and Webster all finished in double figures and each added a key basket in the rally for the win.
At 58-40 in the third quarter, the game looked bleak and Nixon, the junior, nailed a deep three from the right of the top of the arc to cut it to 15. Slowly, the comeback began and with four minutes left, the Blue Devils had drawn to within one on a 25-8 run.
That’s when Adams, just inside the same spot where Nixon connected, was left wide open and drained a three to give White House the lead for good, 68-66. Sycamore only scored one time in the final seven minutes of the game, and that bucket made it 70-68.
This time it was the sophomores, as Webster connected on a rim-bounce three-pointer from the left corner, and while the ball bounced off the rim and up and down through the hoop, Adams drew a foul inside away from the shot. He stepped to the line where White House used free throws to put the game out of reach.
This was a stark contrast to the game in Pleasant View on Dec 8th when White House lost the lead in the final minute and fell, 83-80. The win tonight earned a season split in District 9-AA with the War Eagles.
White House (12-9, 3-4) is muddied in the middle of a district mess with Sycamore (4-13, 3-3) and others all beating up on each other. One-loss White House Heritage leads the district race, and that defeat came at the hands of White House.
Ward was consistent at the free-throw line, scoring 14 of his 29 points at the charity stripe for the game. Adams added 15, also making eight free throws. Nixon dropped in 14 and Webster, the birthday boy, added 13. Kaleb France scored five including a tough drive under the basket to draw the and-1 foul in the second half, and Cole Pond scored his only points on a steal and breakaway layup during the rally.
Sycamore led 43-30 at the half on a flurry of seven three-pointers in the first half. Trevor Gagnon scored 18, but it was a sharp shooting Dawson Yoes with 22. Bailey Chapman added 13, but fouled out in the second half and drew a technical foul after his final personal. Dalton Dutton scored five, Daniel Saylor four, and Braden Brown, Cory Simmons and Dalton Ray all scored two.
White House travels to Greenbrier on Friday with another attempt to avenge an earlier season district loss.
Sycamore 51, White House 43 (girls)
For the second time in just over a month, White House played Sycamore tight to the finish but again fell short in an upset bid at home against the Lady War Eagles.
White House took a 26-25 lead in the final minute of the first half, but Sycamore scored just before the half to take a 27-26 edge into the locker room. That spurred a 21-2 run, and despite a White House rally to cut it to seven in the fourth quarter, the Lady Devils could not overcome a sluggish third.
Senior McKenzie Vaughn led the way with 15 points, while Kelly Cain added nine and Baylee Miller five. Freshman Sarah Cartwright scored eight points and classmate Ragan Anderson four.
White House held senior Camryn Denney to seven points in the opening half but she emerged in the second to finish with 20 for the game. The Lady Devils struggled to stop Taylor Garrett inside, as the senior center scored 10 in the first and ended the night with 14. Kaitlyn Wofford added seven, Callie Gudino five, Reagan Sutton four and Bella Scruggs three.
Sycamore improved to 11-9, 3-3, while White House fell to 2-14, 0-7.
The Lady Devils lost at Sycamore in December by three.