By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – The Lady Devils blitzed the basket and swarmed on defense in the first quarter Friday night at home against Merrol Hyde, jumping out to a 25-point lead in the first seven minutes and cruising to a 55-27 victory.
White House scored the first 25 points of the game, but backed off the press against an undermanned Lady Hawks squad. The hosts improved to 12-10 overall with just over a week of regular season basketball remaining.
Sophomore Avery Droz led the Lady Devils with 18 points, but 10 different players scored for White House on Coming Home 2021 night at WHHS. Junior Faithe Johnstone had seven points, then senior Ragan Anderson put in six, junior Chloe Hart scored six and sophomore Abigail Bradley scored six.
Droz hit two of the Devils four three-pointers in the first half, as White House came into the game with only 48 from long distance for the season, shooting just 22.1 percent. But on this night, White House was hot and cashed in on the Lady Hawks with a full-court press and transition basketball.
Sophomore Carmen Perkins added five, senior Alexis Bess and sophomore Sydney Richardson two, and senior Madison Freeman added two. Junior Hannah Crabtree added one at the free throw line.
Perkins, Richardson and Bess all had four rebounds each and Anderson led the team with five boards. Droz, Johnstone and Hannah Crabtree all had three rebounds. Bess had six assists and Johnstone added five.
Johnstone had five steals and Droz three.
Senior guard Peyton Mingle finally broke the scoring streak in the first quarter with a bucket with 33 seconds left to make it 25-2 at the end of the first, and she finished the game with five points along with Sydney Arreza. Claire Shelton added four, Emma Wiggleton three, Kaelyn Pinkley three, Maddie Shelton two, and Olivia Short two.
Merrol Hyde fell to 4-12 overall for the season.
White House has a tough final stretch of the season, with two district games and two non-district games in a seven-day span. White House plays at East Robertson Tuesday for a girls game only, then both Devils teams head to Portland Thursday.
Friday night is senior night for White House against Harpeth at home in District 9-AA, and then Sycamore comes to White House on Monday.
White House is 3-8 in the district and is hoping for two more wins in the final two games. Undefeated Westmoreland is the regular season district champion and Cheatham County is likely to finish second, but has several games to complete the season.
White House is in the middle of a messy district standings, with every team capable of finishing third through seventh depending on the final week of the season.
Photos by Leanna Holland and Sarah Wright