CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Bradley Central Bearettes improved their winning streak to nine games, using an 18-3 third quarter to defeat White County, 63-48, in the opening round of the region tournament inside Jim Smiddy Arena.
After allowing White County (22-9) to come back and take a one-point lead into the locker room, the Bearettes used an 18-3 third quarter to take a commanding 48-34 lead into the final frame.
Bradley Central (28-3) looked like they may run away with the game, opening up with a 13-3 run to start the game. The next four minutes the Warriorettes began to chip away at the lead and ended the quarter on a 10-point run to knot things up after one quarter of play.
The two teams traded buckets but White County hit four 3-pointers in the second frame to outscore the Bearettes 18-17 and take a 31-30 lead into the half.
The Warriorettes shot lights out in the first half going 7-for-10 (70 percent) from behind the 3-point line and 58.8 percent (10-of-17) overall.
The Bearettes came out in the second half on all cylinders scoring the first 17 points of the third quarter in the first six and a half minutes to take a 47-31 lead. Gracie Dodgen hit her fourth three with 1:23 remaining for the Warriorettes lone points of the third and Hannah Lombard made a free throw to take a 14-point lead into the final quarter.
White County came back in form in the fourth-period trading baskets but the Bearettes held on for the win outscoring their opponents 15-14 in the final frame.
Anna Walker led the Bearettes with 16 points and six rebounds in the contest. Lombard threw in 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting to along with four rebounds and a pair of assists. Junior Cambree Mayo came off the bench to score 11 points while going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to go with four steals. Jamaryn Blair recorded only six points but had three rebounds, five assists, and four steals in the contest. Walker was able to cause four turnovers, while Kaleigh Hughes came up with three steals.
Dodgen led White County with 17 points, including five made 3-pointers. Kendreah Reeves was the next leading scorer with 13, to go along with four assists and two steals. Mia Murray pulled down nine boards to lead the Warriorettes while Julia Curtis followed her with six.
Bradley Central was able to control the specialty statistics outscoring the guests 32-7 off turnovers, 32-8 in the paint, 10-5 in second chance scoring, 19-14 on fast breaks, and 17-6 on bench scoring.
The Bearettes shot 44.4 percent (20-for-45) overall and 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from distance. Bradley shot 19-for-29 (65.5 percent) from the free throw line. The potent Bradley defense was able to force 29 turnovers, recording 18 steals. The Bearettes were able to win the battle of the glass, outrebounding the Warriorettes 26-25, with one offensive rebound being the sole difference.
White County shot 40 percent (14-for-35) from the floor and went 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) from behind the 3-point line. The guests shot 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from the charity stripe. The Warriorettes recorded 10 assists on their 14 made baskets.
Bradley Central will welcome the rest of the field in the region 3 AAA tournament on Monday inside Jim Smiddy Arena. Bradley will take on Cookeville, who held on to beat Cleveland 58-54, at 6 p.m.
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White County - 13 18 3 14 48
Bradley Central - 13 17 18 15 63
White County (48): Gracie Dodgen 17, Stiles 1, Kendreah Reeves 13, Murray 8, Curtis 3, Reeves 5, Johnson 1, Matthews.
Bradley Central (63): Hughes 4, Roberts 7, Blair 6, Anna Walker 16, Hannah Lombard 13, Williams, Reuter, Mayo 11, Barnes 4, Carman 2, Hullender.
3-Pointers: White County (10): Dodgen 5, Ke. Reeves 3, Murray, Ka. Reeves. Bradley Central (4): Roberts, Lombard 2, Mayo.