By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – From start to finish, the Lady Devils made no mistake about sending the seniors out in style with the close of the regular season.
White House destroyed Harpeth 63-18 on Friday night, exploding out of the gate to a 41-12 halftime lead and throwing a defensive shutout with zero points in the third quarter by the Lady Indians.
Four players hit double figures including senior Alexis Bess with 13 points, and she was the only one of six in her class to come off the bench on senior night. Bess gave up her starting spot to forward Sarah Cartwright, who missed her second consecutive season to a knee injury. Cartwright positioned under the White House basket on the tip off and scored a basket for her only play of the season.
Cartwright and seniors Madison Freeman, Hannah France and Cori Terrell exited the game while Bess and Ragan Anderson remained in the starting lineup. Harpeth’s Jessi Knall got a free basket on the other end to tie the game, and then White House pushed the ball out of bounds for an intentional turnover to allow the seniors to get an ovation. France, Freeman and Terrell all returned to play the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.
But Bess went right to work, draining the first of three long-distance shots, and led White House to a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. White House outscored the Indians 21-3 in the second. The Lady Devils came into the game shooting just 22 percent from three-point range but bombed away nine times in the game, with Bess nailing three of them. Bess added four rebounds.
Anderson did not score but had a team high five rebounds and career high six assists. White House got 11 assists combined from post players in the game, helping to open up the outside shot.
Avery Droz and Abigail Bradley both hit a pair of threes and each scored 10 points off the bench, and junior Chloe Hart knocked down a rare three and then ended the game with 12 points. Terrell also hit a long range three in the fourth quarter for her only three points of the game.
Freshman post Marley Hyde added six points, five assists, five rebounds and four deflections and a steal, then Carmen Perkins three points and two steals, Faithe Johnstone two points, Hannah Crabtree two and Cartwright two.
Cara Stuart had five to lead Harpeth, but the Indians fell behind 56-12 after not scoring at all in the third quarter with a running clock. The Lady Devils led 7-6 in a low scoring fourth. Knall scored three, then Alyssa Tapia, Emily Long, Allie Thurman, Mattie Johnson all had two each and Liza Watson and Madison Neely had one each.
White House shot 50 percent from the field (26-of-52) and a brilliant 9-of-14 from three-point range, a blistering 64 percent. The Lady Devils had 29 rebounds and 18 assists with only 10 turnovers.
The pressure caused massive problems for Harpeth, forcing 23 turnovers. White House allowed Harpeth to get just 23 rebounds and only one assist, and the Lady Indians shot 18.8 percent and made just 6-of-32 from the field including 1-of-9 from three.
White House was schedule to play Sycamore on Monday and that game, which was already being made up from an earlier Sycamore cancellation, has been postponed and will not be played.
White House finishes 13-12 overall in the regular season with a District 9-AA mark of 5-7. The Lady Devils will be the No. 4 seed in District 9-AA unofficially and are scheduled to play White House Heritage (No. 5, 5-7) at Jeff Bennett Gymnasium at WHHS on Wednesday night. This will be an elimination game and the winner will earn a Region 5-AA quarterfinal bid and trip to the District 9-AA semifinals.
District 9-AA Standings:
District 9-AA Tournament (Starts Wednesday)
Photos by Angelene Cotto-Santiago, Macyn Hunt and Sarah Wright (Click to enlarge photos)