By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – The turnaround began for White House last season in girls basketball, and the level of success continued Tuesday night when the Lady Devils notched their 14th win of the season and blitzed Montgomery Central 55-29.
White House put 10 players in the scoring column in a nostalgic return to White House Middle School’s gym for the game. The late game move came as a result of a facility maintenance issue at White House High School, but gave the Devils a chance to play at the school where many of them started playing basketball.
As a result, White House jumped out to a 31-15 lead at the half and subbed out the majority of the final two quarters.
Junior Abigail Bradley had 13 points to lead the Lady Devils, including 11 in the first half. Sophomore post Marley Hyde added nine points, junior guard Carmen Perkins had eight and senior Faithe Johnstone six. The remaining scorers for White House included LeighAnn Sanders with five, Hannah Crabtree four, Tatum Flener three, Chloe Hart three, Sydney Richardson two and Emily Seavers two.
Sarah Rankhorn led the Lady Indians with 11 points and Keli Madden added eight. Zakiah Ligon added five.
White House (14-10, 5-1) has two district games remaining, and travels to Greenbrier on Friday where the Lady Devils have not won in eight years. White House broke a 14-game losing streak to the Bobcats with a 64-47 win earlier this season.
If the Lady Devils win Friday and improve to 6-1, that will setup a showdown on Tuesday at home with Creek Wood (20-4, 6-0), who gave White House its only district loss two weeks ago, 44-34. A tie would force a district tiebreaker to determine the postseason number one seed.
The Devils have clinched no worse than a two seed heading into the District 9-3A postseason tournament, which will be held at Creek Wood.
White House is on pace to have its best overall season since 2006-07 when the Lady Devils went 18-12 and finished 10-1 in the district before losing to Livingston Academy in the region tournament. The 2005-06 team finished 20-9 and lost to Upperman in the region.
White House was 15-15 last year and finished fourth in the district, but fell to East Nashville in the region quarterfinals.
District 9-3A Standings:
- Creek Wood (6-0, 20-4)
- White House (5-1, 14-10)
- Greenbrier (2-4, 7-15)
- Portland (2-4, 7-18)
- Montgomery Central (0-6, 2-15)
Photos by Kayli Moore