Taylor Enlow scored a team-high 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds – and knocked down a late 3-pointer – to lead the South Warren girls’ basketball team to a 50-46 win over Warren East on Friday night at South Warren High School.
Trailing 38-27 entering the fourth quarter, the Spartans (4-1 overall, 1-0 District 14) outscored the Lady Raiders (3-1, 0-1) 23-8 in the final period – and used Enlow’s big shot – to come out on top.
While Enlow led the way for SWHS, Jess Bush and Karson Deaton each finished with 10 points. Emily Reynolds added 8.
Lucy Patterson led Warren East with 15 points, while Caroline Forrester recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Both sides struggled to get anything going offensively in the opening half as there was just 28 total points scored and a combined 29 turnovers committed in the first 16 minutes.
Warren East led 10-6 after the first quarter and held a tight 20-18 advantage at halftime. South Warren was up 16-15 with 2:46 left in the second, but the Lady Raiders scored four late points to be up by a bucket at the break.
SWHS had 15 turnovers after two periods, while WEHS had 14. Both sides finished with 30.
A 9-0 run – highlighted by a Tanaya Bailey steal and fast-break layup – gave Warren East a 33-21 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter. A pair of Enlow free throws helped South Warren end its drought, but the Lady Raiders were still up 10.
South Warren got within nine, but a Forrester put-back gave Warren East a 38-27 lead entering the fourth.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Enlow and Bush brought the Spartans to within three at 38-35 with 5:46 remaining, and a basket from Lexi Button made it a 9-0 run and quickly made it 38-37.
Forrester’s score capped the run and put the Lady Raiders up 40-37 with 4:04 left, but Bush recorded a steal and scored on the other end to make it 44-42 – and Deaton followed up with a score of her own to tie it at 44-all with 1:32 to go.
Bailey scored off a steal to put Warren East up two, but Enlow immediately answered on the opposite end with a 3 to make it 47-46 in the Spartans’ favor with 29.3 seconds left on the clock. South made late free throws after the shot to put the Lady Raiders away and seal it.
The Spartans return to action Tuesday at home vs. Apollo, while Warren East plays Franklin-Simpson on Monday in a Kentucky 2A Sectional Tournament matchup.
WEHS – 10 10 18 8 — 46
SWHS – 6 12 9 23 — 50
WEHS: Lucy Patterson 15, Caroline Forrester 11, Tanaya Bailey 8, Olivia Price 6, Hailey Hymer 3, Kaylee Miller 2, Kelsey Sparks 1.
SWHS: Taylor Enlow 15, Jess Bush 10, Karson Deaton 10, Emily Reynolds 8, Lexi Button 6, Elly Bennett 1.
Boys: South Warren 83, Warren East 61
Caden Veltkamp scored a team-high 19 points, Jace Carver finished with 18 and four total players finished in double figures as the South Warren boys’ basketball team rolled to a 83-61 win over Warren East.
While Veltkamp and Carver led the way for the Spartans (4-0 overall, 1-0 District 14), who are off to their first 4-0 start since 2013-14, Mitchell Franklin scored 17 points and Tayshaun Jones tallied 13.
Ryan Carter paced Warren East (0-4, 0-1) with 14 points, while Isaiah Andrews and Jordan Jones each added 11.
South Warren held a 7-4 lead at the 5:39 mark of the first and was up 16-13 after eight minutes of action. The Spartans led 25-21 with 4:37 to go in the second and ultimately took a 37-29 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The Spartans scored four quick points to open the third quarter – highlighted by a strong basket inside by Jonathan Hill – to go up 43-29 at the 6:37 mark and force a Warren East timeout. Jones’ score inside at the 3:57 mark pushed South Warren’s advantage to 52-35, but the Raiders closed the period on a 14-6 run to get within 58-49 entering the fourth.
Franklin’s 3-pointer, followed by a fast-break score from Jones, put the Spartans up 66-51 with 6:15 remaining – and the home club remained in control from there to earn the victory and remain unbeaten.
South Warren hits the court again Saturday at 5 p.m. as it travels to Logan County, while Warren East returns to action Monday against Franklin-Simpson in a Kentucky 2A Sectional Tournament matchup.
WEHS – 13 16 20 12 — 61
SWHS – 16 21 21 25 — 83
WEHS: Ryan Carter 14, Isaiah Andrews 11, Jordan Jones 11, Sam Wheeler 8, Kaleb Matlock 4, Logan Sanders 4, Brayden Wardlow 3, Simon Ghee 2, Devaughn Williams 2, Ty Price 2.
SWHS: Caden Veltkamp 19, Jace Carver 18, Caleb Mitchell 17, Tayshaun Jones 13, Jonathan Hill 5, Parker Stobaugh 4, Nathan Neal 3, Jae Crain 2, Luke Burton 2.