By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School Wolverine basketball team traveled to Franklin on Tuesday, Feb. 22 for its first round state tournament game against the Heard County Braves.
The Wolverines were the three seed from Region 7-AA and the Braves were the two seed from Region 5-AA. The winner would advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
Dade got off to a good start, out hustling the Braves in the first quarter and building a six-point lead, 21-15.
The Wolverines continued to outplay Heard in the second quarter on both ends of the court and by the end of the first half had build a nine-point lead, 39-30.
Things took a turn for the worst in the third quarter as Dade had a rash of turnovers, 25 in the game as the Braves stormed back and took a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter, 48-47. Heard outscored the Wolverines in the third quarter 18-8.
DCHS battled hard in the fourth quarter but was unable to overcome the third quarter mistakes as Heard held on to win 64-60.
The Wolverines had several chances to take the lead late in the game but did not get the bounces they needed as their shots just would not fall.
David Cole had a big night leading the Wolverines as he scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for a double double. Brodie Swader finished the night with 15 points and Max Howard had 14 points.
The Wolverines season came to an end, but they had a season to be proud of as they made the state tournament for the second year in a row after suffering through a number of bad seasons. Congratulations to Coach Mark Whitt and his staff.
Dade 21 18 08 13 60
Heard 15 55 18 16 64
David Cole 18, Brodie Swader 15, Brody Cooper 4, Max Howard 14, Conner Wilburn 3, Levi Moreland 4, Everett Christiansen 2.