On a night when baskets were hard to come by for both teams, White County’s Juwan Dorsey broke it wide open with a run of second-half 3-pointers and a 60-42 win against North Hall on Friday in Gainesville.
After a couple of big plays by Whit Mauney for the Warriors (10-2, 3-0 Region 7-AAA), including a basket and foul shot, Dorsey drained a pair of back-to-back 3s in the final seconds of the third quarter for a double-digit lead White County wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the night.
White County coach Sam Borg said that forcing young players into varsity action a couple years ago has produced excellent depth throughout his roster.
North Hall was keying most of the night on White County’s best shooters, including Spencer Adams (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Dalton Whitfield (10 points, 10 rebounds), which left Dorsey with chances to make a splash in the scorebook.
“We’ve got some guys that are shooting at a high percentage, so North Hall was keying in on our shooters,” said Borg. “They had to leave someone open.”
Dorsey’s first long-range shot put White County up nine, 39-30, with :35 seconds left in the third quarter. On the next trip down court with an open look, Dorsey knocked it down from about the same spot. Adams scored a basket off a steal with :02 left in the third period to go up by 12, 44-32.
Dorsey and Jordan Egerton were the other two with 13 points for White County, which faces Buford at 3:30 p.m. today in Cleveland.
After trailing 26-23 at the half, Dorsey had his first 3-pointer for the Warriors midway through the third quarter to regain a 29-28 lead. Egerton followed immediately with a pair of quick baskets, including a steal and layup on a North Hall inbound pass, to start and give the Warriors a little separation with a 33-28 lead.
For North Hall (3-8, 1-2), Lee Shelton hit four 3s on the night for 12 points and Evan Easton also scored 12. The Trojans rallied from an early 8-2 hole with a 13-2 run late in the first quarter to build their biggest lead of the night at 15-10 going into the second quarter.
Carson Heinen knocked down a 3 for the Trojans, who face Fannin County today in Gainesville, with 1:52 left in the first quarter for a 12-10 lead. Shelton also hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the opening quarter for the Trojans’ biggest lead of the game at five.
WHITE COUNTY GIRLS 57, NORTH HALL 38: The Lady Warriors (9-2, 2-1) had four scorers in double figures Friday in Gainesville. Abbey Craven led all White County scorers with 15 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
Jordan Taylor had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Warriors, while Paige Thomas chipped in 12 points, and five steals and five rebounds. Kaitlin Wilson had 10 points, 11 assists and four steals for the Lady Warriors, who went up 48-28 on Craven’s basket late in the third quarter.
Sydney Cleveland had a team-high 14 points for North Hall, while Sadie Cleveland finished with 11.
White County entertains Buford at 2 today in Cleveland, while North Hall plays host to Fannin County at 4 p.m. today in Gainesville.