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Lady Pioneers suffer second district loss

Coach Erick Baird proved to be a prophet before Friday night’s game that pitted the Warren County High School girls basketball team against the White County Warriorettes.
On Thursday, coach Baird said the winning team would be the one that hit its 3-pointers. Unfortunately it wasn’t his Lady Pioneer squad bombing away from the outside.
Behind 11 3-pointers, most by star guard Loren Foster, White County downed the Lady Pioneers 65-36 in its District 6-AAA opener.
Warren County (12-10) opened district play last week with a 28-point loss to Coffee County, but the margin just got wider against the Warriorettes.
Foster looked to be a threat to outscore the Lady Pioneers on her own when she reached halftime with 18 points, including sinking four 3-pointers in the first half.
Foster and Kelsey Roberts each sank two 3-pointers in the opening quarter as White County built a 19-5 lead after eight minutes.
Sophomore Bri Melton scored all of the Lady Pioneer points in the first quarter as she connected from deep once and added a slashing layup.
Melton continued to be a one-woman offense for Warren County in the second quarter as she scored or assisted on the team’s first 17 points.
Melton banked in a 3-pointer, connected on a three-point play and added a layup in the second quarter. Melton also hit Jessie Newby and Rachel Nokes with passes that led to layups. Even with the sophomore shooting guard powering the Lady Pioneers, the lead rarely dropped below double digits.
Foster continued to wreak havoc as she splashed in two more 3-pointers in the second quarter to give the Warriorettes a 36-21 halftime advantage.
White County continued to shoot lights out in the second half while Melton and the Lady Pioneers couldn’t keep pace.
After scoring 13 points in the first half, Melton was limited to three free throws in the third quarter as her only points after halftime.
Newby tried to pick up the slack, scoring six points after the break, but it didn’t put a dent the Warriorette advantage.
By the time  Roberts added her third 3-pointer and Foster sank the home team’s 10th 3-pointer in the third quarter, White County entered the final period ahead 52-30.
Sarah Anderson delighted the home crowd one final time when she hit another 3-pointer for the Warriorettes in the fourth quarter while Warren County walked away with its second straight blowout loss in district play.
Melton’s 16 points was the most the sophomore had scored since Dec. 8 when she tallied 18 in a 34-25 Warren County win at Centennial. Newby finished with eight while Nokes and Camerie Martin added four points apiece.
The 65 points allowed by the Lady Pioneers was the most points given up all season. The previous high was 53 points by the Franklin County Lady Rebels.
Warren County will get to step out of district this Tuesday in hopes of snapping its two-game losing streak. The Lady Pioneers will play host the DeKalb County Lady Tigers. Warren County lost to the Lady Tigers 49-31 in Smithville Nov. 20.
Action is set to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Charlie Dalton Gym.


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