By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – The Lady Devils turned in one of the best performances of the season Monday night at home, beating Cheatham County 60-52.
It was the first win in the last 24 tries against Cheatham County, breaking a 23-game losing streak since the 2009-2010 season.
Junior Chloe Hart and sophomore Avery Droz combined for 28 points, evenly split at 14 points each and Faith Johnstone scored 12, the majority of which in the fourth quarter, including a pair of step-through layups.
Johnstone also connected on a jumper with 14 seconds left in the first half to give White House a 26-23 lead at the break. But Cheatham County took the lead early in the third quarter with a short run, and Droz placed White House back on top immediately at 28-27 with a mid-range floater. Bess extended the lead to 29-27 with the front end of free throw attempts, but Ellie Pardue of Cheatham County tied the game again at 29-29 on the next possession.
Carmen Perkins faked and laid it in for a 31-29 lead, and then Hart connected hit both shots at the line and then followed with a jumper to make it a six-point lead. Cheatham County never tied or took the lead again.
But when the game got close in the fourth, it was senior Alexis Bess draining a three-pointer from the corner to push a six point lead back to nine. Bess finished the game with seven and senior post Ragan Anderson had eight.
Sophomore guard Carmen Perkins rounded out the scoring with five. The biggest lead for White House was 11 in the fourth quarter after Johnstone scored an and-1 bucket following the Bess three.
White House improved to 11-9 overall and remained 3-6 in District 9-AA, as this game was added to the schedule and did not improve the district record. However, White House avenged two early season losses to the Lady Cubs. White House has not beaten Cheatham County since at least before 2001, when regular season records go back on CoachT.com.
White House travels to Westmoreland Tuesday night to take on the top-seeded and district unbeaten Lady Eagles.