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Lady Tigers beat Lady Pioneers

It may be time for the Warren County High School girls basketball team to change its bus to a DeLorean, because the Lady Pioneers need to travel back in time and find the team that won 12 games in 2012.
Warren County’s 2013 losing streak reached three games Tuesday night when the Lady Pioneers lost 45-30 at home to the DeKalb County Lady Tigers.
Warren County (12-11) surprised many by starting the season off with five straight wins and a huge upset over Cannon County propelled the Lady Pioneers to finish 2012 with five victories in their last six games, but the magic didn’t carry over when the calendar changed.
Tuesday’s loss to the Lady Tigers, the second time DeKalb County has beaten the Lady Pioneers this season, was Warren County’s third straight double-digit loss to start 2013.
Action was slow at the start as neither team got on the board in the first four minutes. Loren Cripps finally ended the scoreless game with a free throw for the visitors with 3:11 left in the first quarter.
The Lady Pioneers didn’t score their first points until 1:30 to play in the first quarter when sophomore Bri Melton slashed to the basket for a layup. Melton’s basket sparked a 6-2 spurt that gave Warren County the lead.
Fellow sophomore Brittany Myers added a jumper in transition and coach Erick Baird drew up a play in the final seconds that resulted in junior point guard Camerie Martin working her way to the basket for a layup that put Warren County up 6-5 after the first quarter.
The offenses continued to have trouble in the second quarter as neither team could buy a shot.
Jessie Newby finally got a layup to stay down for the Lady Pioneers, but the Lady Tigers countered with a 3-pointer from Abbey Caldwell.
Melton added another layup and senior Megan Dishman swished a free throw, but Warren County went into halftime trailing 14-11.
Scoring picked up in a big way when the second half started. Each team scored more points in the third quarter than they did in the first half, but it didn’t help the Lady Pioneers cut into the DeKalb County lead.
Melton and Newby did the heavy lifting on offense for Warren County. Melton buried two 3-pointers and hit one free throw. The sophomore shooting guard added an assist to Newby, who would go on to connect on a three-point play later in the period.
Newby also got into the passing action when she found senior Rachel Nokes in the lane for a layup that gave the Lady Pioneers 14 points in the period.
The Lady Tigers countered by leaning on Cripps to lead the offense and the senior guard did just that. Cripps scored seven points in the period, her last basket coming before the buzzer that gave DeKalb County a 30-35 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
Cripps kept up her torrid scoring pace in the final period and the Warren County offense couldn’t keep up. Cripps scored six points in the fourth quarter, moving her total to a team-high 14 points for the game.
Chelsea Lewis added five points for the visitors, including a back-breaking 3-pointer midway through the period that gave the Lady Tigers a commanding double-digit lead.
Melton wrapped up her 11th double-figure scoring game of the season with four points in the fourth quarter, but the points came too late for a Lady Pioneer comeback. Melton finished with a game-high 15 points while Newby chipped in eight points for Warren County.
The Lady Pioneers hope to end their skid tonight with their first victory in District 6-AAA play. Warren County will play host to the Cumberland County Lady Jets. The Lady Pioneers, who have lost to Coffee County and White County, will take the court at 6 p.m.


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