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Lady Pioneers drop another

The Warren County High School girls basketball team is improving each outing, but coach Erick Baird knows moral victories don’t show up in the standings.
The Lady Pioneers fought to the end against the White County Warriorettes Tuesday at Charlie Dalton Gym, but Warren County suffered its sixth loss in seven games as White County prevailed 41-33.
Warren County (13-14) entered District 6-AAA play with the most wins of any of the five teams for the second straight season, but just like last year the Lady Pioneers have struggled when facing their district competitors.
Tuesday’s loss dropped Warren County to 1-5 in district, good for fourth place as Cumberland County is still in search of its first district win.
It felt like an early Groundhog Day for the Lady Pioneers against White County. Just like when the Lady Pioneers played last Friday against Coffee County, Warren County made a huge jump in the margin of the game but it didn’t result in a victory.
The Lady Pioneers started district play Jan. 4 with a 28-point loss to the Lady Raiders, followed by a 29-point blowout in Sparta. Last Friday, the Lady Pioneers lost 36-26 to Coffee County and in a rematch with the Warriorettes Tuesday the margin of defeat was once again 10.
White County started the game on a 6-0 run, a streak which was stopped by a 3-pointer by sophomore Bri Melton. The Warriorettes would respond with scoring six straight points again before sophomore Brittany Myers swished the Lady Pioneers’ second 3-pointer of the first quarter.
The Lady Pioneers trailed 12-6 after the first period, but Jessie Newby made sure the deficit didn’t grow before halftime. The junior post scored six points in the second quarter while Melton drilled another 3-pointer to help power the Lady Pioneer offense.
Warren County went into the locker rooms trailing 20-15, but Amber Hudgers and the Warriorettes came out firing in the second half.
Hudgers scored 10 of White County’s 12 points in the third quarter, including sinking a 3-pointer that put the Warriorettes up 10.
Melton countered by scoring all five of Warren County’s points in the period as she sank her third 3-pointer and added a putback.
The Lady Pioneers went into the fourth quarter trailing 32-20 but the home team wasn’t going down without a fight.
After White County lost its top player Loren Foster to a knee injury in the fourth quarter, Warren County made its charge.
Melton and Newby got early baskets while seniors Megan Dishman and Rachel Nokes each added two points in the final period. After two Melton free throws cut the Warriorette lead to 39-33 with a minute to play, Warren County came up with a turnover and a chance to make it a one-possession game.
The Lady Pioneers didn’t go for the long ball, but got Newby free for a layup inside. Before she could get the shot off, Newby was fouled with 33.5 seconds to play. The opportunity for two easy points with the clock stopped wasn’t to be as Newby missed both freebies.
White County would connect on two free throws seconds later as Warren County fell eight points short of its second District 6-AAA victory.
Melton led the Lady Pioneers with 15 points, upping her scoring average to 12.3 points per game in district play. Newby was next with eight.
The Lady Pioneers will step out of district tonight to take on the Cannon County Lady Lions. The road game in Woodbury is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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