D-B has fared well in the tournament, posting wins over Hampton, Unicoi County and Unaka.
Whitson shot 63.1 percent from the floor with a 12-of-19 effort.
“Our depth helped us tremendously tonight,” Lady Indians head coach Bill Francis said. “We thought coming in that we thought maybe that we would (have a size advantage). We have 13 kids on the roster and, honestly, all 13 of them can play.”
The Indians led 18-12 after one quarter after the Lady Rangers got four points from senior post Myah Parlier and a three-ball from guard Kiki Forney. The Tribe (5-1) cranked it up in the second period, outscoring Unaka 20-7 in the to take a 38-19 halftime lead.
Whitson had 17 first-half points and was 7-for-9 shooting and 1-of-1 from beyond the arc.
The third quarter unfolded with D-B holding the Rangers (0-4) to just four points while the Indians increased their lead by 10 for a 52-23 lead going into the fourth quarter.
“We could mix kids in and out, with Whitson sometimes going to the wing,” Francis said. “Her jump shot was on tonight, and I was real pleased with how our point guard (Jaden) Potts managed the game tonight. She's slowing down. She always played too fast and I told her to slow down. We always talk about smooth is fast but fast isn't smooth, and we are starting to play smoother — which I really like.”
Junior guard Megan Ayers and senior post Caitlyn Wallace each had eight points to back Whitson's effort and sophomore post Jabrea Johnson had five points and 10 rebounds. For Unaka, Parlier finished with nine points and senior guard Savannah Tipton had eight.