Girls Basketball: Warhill Takes Down Tabb in Group 3A East Quarterfinals

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Olivia Schulz helped lead Warhill against Tabb. (file photo)
Olivia Schulz helped lead Warhill against Tabb. (File Photo)

Warhill’s girls basketball team avenged a pair of regular-season losses to Tabb on Monday when the Lions ended Tabb’s season during a 65-49 home victory during the Group 3A East quarterfinal round.

The win also guarantees Warhill a spot in next weekend’s Group 3A state tournament.

The Tigers started the game well thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from Brianna Harper and five first-quarter points from Tamia Smith.

Behind the strong performances from Harper and Smith, the Tigers were able to jump out to a 17-11 lead after the first quarter.

However, Tabb’s offense stalled in the second quarter behind stout defense from Warhill. As the Lions kept the Tigers in check on defense, Warhill also used balanced scoring on offense to take a 22-20 halftime advantage.

Olivia Schulz and Jessica Cooke did most of the heavy lifting for Warhill in the second half as the Lions began pulling away from the Tigers. Schulz scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half, while Cooke scored 15 of her 21 points over the final two quarters.

Led by Schulz and Cooke, Warhill outscored Tabb 19-10 in the third quarter, building a double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter. Warhill’s offense dropped 24 points over the final eight minutes of play to put the Tigers away for good.

Warhill (14-9) will host Petersburg in the Group 3A East semifinal round Wednesday. Meanwhile, Tabb ends its season with a 20-4 record overall.

Tabb: 17 3 10 19 — 49
Warhill: 11 11 19 24 — 65

Tabb: McDowell-Jarmon 15, Royal 2, Smith 11, Williams 4, Harper 17
Warhill: K. Cooke 2, Walters 8, Fannin 4, J. Cooke 21, Schulz 22, McClure 8
3-point goals: Tabb 3 (Smith, Harper 2)