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WCMS girls top Dibrell for elementary crown

The Warren County Middle School girls team had two goals in Saturday's 5-6 grade championship game. The Lady Pioneers wanted to push the pace on offense and limit Dibrell guard Brianna Young on defense.
Accomplishing both goals gave the Lady Pioneers a championship as Warren County downed the Dibrell Lady Wildcats 38-11 at Eastside Elementary School gym.
Shonacye Rutledge was a dominant force on both ends of the court to lead the Lady Pioneers. Rutledge was able to get behind the Dibrell defense for layups while also spearheading a Lady Pioneer defense that didn't allow a point in the final 11 minutes.
Rutledge and Marah Wanamaker each got free for two layups in the first quarter as Warren County built an 11-2 lead.
The run-out layups for the Lady Pioneers continued in the second quarter. Hailey Wood sprinted up court untouched to put Warren County up double digits, but Young would finally catch fire for Dibrell.
Young hit a jumper from the left wing, then followed with a three-point play to pull the Lady Wildcats within six at 13-7.
Wood would make sure the momentum stayed with Warren County before halftime. Wood's hustle paid off as she dove out of bounds to save a ball to Megan Patch, who drained a shot from the baseline. Wanamaker added a layup right before the halftime buzzer to put the Lady Pioneers ahead 18-9 at halftime.
Grace Rains started the second half with a short jumper for Dibrell, but it proved to be the final points for the Lady Wildcats.
Warren County ended the game on a 20-0 run sparked by super sub Ashton Whiles. Whiles scored eight points in the second half, including hitting three straight shots that spanned the third and fourth quarter, to help the Lady Pioneers run away with the win.
Rutledge finished the spurt with a layup, which gave her a game-high 12 points. Whiles added eight, followed by Wanamaker and Patch with six points apiece. Wood, Emily Mikkola and Torie Brooks had two points each.
Young finished with seven points for Dibrell and Rains chipped in four.
The Lady Pioneers completed a sweep of the regular season and tournament championships to finish the season 13-1. Dibrell finished second in the regular season and tournament.


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