By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – With the focus on four seniors for their final regular season home game, sophomore Zane Brown torched Harpeth in the second quarter and finished with all 17 of his points before halftime in a 57-25 victory for White House.
Brown came into the game shooting 44 percent from three-point range, but after knocking down three long distance shots in his first four scores, he took one step inside the perimeter and closed the half with three floaters for two. The last of which dropped in at the halftime buzzer for a 37-12 advantage. Brown only missed one shot in the game, hitting 7-of-8 overall.
The inside-out game benefitted the Blue Devils inside as usual, with senior Quad Lucas and sophomore Caleb Dorris living right up to their averages in the post. Coming in combined for over 20 points per game, Dorris scored 12 and Lucas 11, but the big man took control 7-of-8 free throws made. The pair also combined for 11 rebounds, consistent with the team’s double-double post production all season.
Senior Nathan Bowman added five points and six rebounds, senior Ethan Droz three points and senior Wesley Deakins knocked down two long range threes for six points. Junior Amarion Lucas hit the only other basket with three points.
Freshman Ryan Worrell came off the bench for a career high 10 assists, but did not score, but he hit Dorris four separate times in the second half alone for a bucket inside. Worrell also had three steals and Bowman two.
Harpeth got five points each from Matthew Gray and Logan Johnston, but starting guard Aiden Williams scored just one point and forward Aaron McWright added five points and Ryan McMillen one. The two senior forwards played the majority of the night in foul trouble. John Dalton and Will Collier each had two.
White House shot 68 percent for the game, connecting on 21-of-36 opportunities with 7-of-16 from three-point range and 8-of-12 at the line. The Blue Devils had 29 rebounds and 20 assists, but did give it away 16 times with turnovers. White House had 20 points in the paint and 19 points off turnovers.
White House held Harpeth to 7-of-40 shooting at just 17.5 percent, and the Indians nailed only 2-of-16 from three but did make 9-of-13 at the line. Harpeth had 18 rebounds, 15 turnovers and just four assists.
It was a big change from the first game at Harpeth two weeks ago when the Blue Devils won just 51-43.
DISTRICT 9-AA UPDATE
White House improved to 13-11 overall and 9-3 in District 9-AA, finishing second behind White House Heritage. With Harpeth falling to 4-10 and 3-9 in district play, the two teams will meet again in the opening round of the District 9-AA Tournament Thursday night at White House in the 2-7 seed matchup.
White House finished second for the third consecutive year and has a District 9-AA mark of 28-8 in three seasons.
The winner of Thursday’s game will earn a Region 5-AA quarterfinal berth and the loser will be eliminated.
DISTRICT 9-AA STANDINGS
DISTRICT 9-AA TOURNAMENT (THURSDAY AT HIGHER SEED)
White House Heritage has earned advancement to the Region 5-AA Tournament. The remaining three teams in the District 9-AA Tournament semifinals will earn a spot in the Region 5-AA Tournament. The District 9-AA Tournament finish will determine Region 5-AA seeds.
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