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WCMS girls top Tullahoma

Playing at home hasn’t always been kind to the Warren County Middle School girls basketball team, but Thursday night the Lady Pioneers looked comfortable on their home court.
Warren County got the best of Tullahoma West Middle School in a foul fest, winning 40-23 to even its record at home this season.
The Lady Pioneers shot a season-high 30 free throws, making 16, en route to winning for the third time on their court this season.
Fouls started piling up early on Tullahoma West as Elsa Eckenrod and Emily Webb took the ball strong to the basket.
Eckenrod began the game with a three-point play, then added two makes from the charity stripe moments later. Webb split four free throws in the first quarter to help the Lady Pioneers take a 9-7 lead.
Madison Mason took over duties of pounding the Tullahoma defense in the second quarter.
The Lady Pioneer point guard earned four trips to the free-throw line in the period and made four of the freebies.
Tatum Young and Neva Tackett added layups as Warren County went to the half leading 17-12.
Mason helped push the lead to seven entering the final quarter with two baskets in the third period, then the star eighth-grade guard put the finishing touches on Tullahoma in the final quarter.
Mason spearheaded a 15-5 spurt in the fourth quarter that turned the game into a blowout. Mason scored six points, four coming from the free-throw line, to push the Lady Pioneers to a double-digit lead.
Eckenrod added the exclamation point with a three-point play in the final minute as Warren County won by 17.
Mason led the team with 14 points, followed by Eckenrod with eight. Rounding out the scoring were Young with seven, Webb with five and Tackett, Bethany Porter and Kaylee Chisam with two points apiece.
The Lady Pioneers will be back in action tomorrow night with a home game against Coffee County. Action is set to start at 6 p.m.


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