By EDDY GIFFORD
Dade County Sentinel
The Dade County High School Wolverine basketball team was back in action Friday night after their Tuesday game was rescheduled due to COVID-19 issues at Coosa.
Dade hosted the Gordon Central Warriors in a Region 7-AA match up.
The Wolverines come out red–hot taking a big first quarter lead, outscoring the shell-shocked Warriors 25-4 in the first quarter.
Dade’s hot shooting continued in the second quarter as Gordon Central found their range as well, but the Wolverines built on their first quarter lead and at the end of the first half were in control, 51-22.
While the action slowed some in the third quarter the Warriors were never able to climb out of the big whole, they got in the first half and heading into the fourth quarter DCHS was up 70-38.
The Wolverines would coast in the fourth quarter and come away with an impressive 80-48 win and improving their region standing in the process.
Balanced scoring was the key to this win as 11 Wolverines scored in the game with Gabe Costley and Noah Martin leading the way with 11 points each. Brodie Swader finished the night with 10 points, Brett Kay grabbed 10 rebounds and had two blocked shots.
Dade 25 26 19 10 80
GC 04 18 16 10 48
David Cole 9, Makinley Everett 3, Brodie Swader 10, Dylan Dwyer 6, Noah Martin 11, Brody Cooper 6, Chandler Bailey 9, Brett Kay 8, Colton Emmett 3, Everett Christiansen 4, Gabe Costley 11.
Saturday afternoon the Wolverines hosted the Coosa Eagles in a big Region 7-AA game that would have an impact on the seeding for the upcoming tournament. The Wolverines trailed the Eagles by one game in the standings with the teams holding down third and fourth place as the season winds down.
DCHS got off to a good start, as both teams struggled shooting the ball, and took a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Coosa found their range in the second quarter, outscoring the Wolverines 19-12, and held a slim 27-25 lead at the end of the first half.
It continued to be a battle in the third quarter as the two teams swapped baskets and at the end of the third quarter the Eagles held a three-point lead, 44-41, over Dade.
As has been the case all year, the Wolverines never quit and continued to battle.
Both teams struggled to score in the fourth quarter, but Dade managed to win the battle and tie the game at the end of regulation, 46-46. Just seven total points were scored in the fourth quarter with the Wolverine defense holding the Eagles to just two points.
The first overtime produced the same results as the first four quarters, a tie game – 51-51 – so they moved on to the second overtime.
The second overtime was more of the same as each team looked for an advantage but after two overtimes the score was still tied, 58-58.
In the third overtime the two teams again exchanged baskets and when it was over the score remained tied 66-66.
On to the fourth overtime and with just over 11 seconds remaining the Eagles took the lead 73-71. The Wolverines brought the ball down the court and with time winding down a pass to a wide open Makinley Everett resulted in a three-point shot that went in the basket as time ran out giving Dade a huge 74-73 win.
Costley led the Wolverines with 19 points while David Cole and Swader finished with 16 points each. Everett finished with nine points, hitting three of five three pointers including the game winner.
Dade 13 12 16 05 05 07 08 08 74
Coosa 08 19 17 02 05 07 08 07 73
David Cole 16, Makinley Everett 9, Brodie Swader 16, Noah Martin, Brody Cooper 9, Brett Kay 5, Everett Christiansen, Gabe Costley 19.
The Wolverines hosted Fannin County on Tuesday, a team they lost to last week by just three points. On Friday they will travel to Chattooga and then to Coosa on Monday for the final regular season game.