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Lady Pioneers, Lady Wildcats pick up first-round victories

Fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball got started with a bang Tuesday night at Charlie Dalton Gym.
The Warren County Elementary League began with its annual 3-pt Club tournament and the winning teams were the league’s newest squad and one of the league’s founding teams.
The Warren County Middle School girls team returned to the elementary league with a 20-11 win over the Centertown Lady Warriors while the Dibrell Lady Wildcats asserted their dominance with a 35-8 victory over the Irving College Lady Tigers.
The Lady Pioneers have competed recently in the Central Tennessee Conference, but decided this season to return to playing local teams. The move paid off as Warren County got strong performances from Kaylee Chisam and Hailey Wood to win its first game.
Chisam scored all eight of the Lady Pioneers’ points in the first half, then Wood took over with seven points in the third quarter to help hold off a rally by Centertown and Allison Cripps.
The scoring was slow in the tournament’s first game as Chisam scored from the field and Cripps hit two free throws as the game was tied 2-2 after the first quarter.
Chisam would explode for six points in the second quarter, all on layups, to help the Lady Pioneers take an 8-4 lead at halftime.
Cripps hit the only shot for Centertown in the second period.
Wood’s third-quarter outburst put the game out of reach. Wood began the second half with a steal she would take back for a layup. During her shot, Wood was fouled making the layup and sent to the line for a three-point play opportunity. Wood sank the free throw, making it 11-4.
Two more steals and layups by Wood made it 15-4, then Madison Ledbetter went coast-to-coast for a layup near the end of the third quarter to give the Lady Pioneers a double-digit lead.
After being held scoreless in the third quarter, Cripps got Centertown back on the board with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to start the fourth. Cripps would go on to add a layup and Page Duke scored as well for the Lady Warriors, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Kyra Hillis closed out the scoring for the Lady Pioneers with a layup and Kelcy Fults added a free throw as Warren County won 20-11. The Lady Pioneers advanced to the semifinals, where they will meet Dibrell.
The Lady Wildcats got a dominating performance from Bailey Barrett and Rachel Johnson to tame the Lady Tigers on Tuesday.
Barrett scored a career-high 20 points, while Johnson added 10 to move Dibrell to the semifinals.
Barrett and Johnson combined for 14 of their team’s 16 points in the first half as Dibrell took a 10-point lead going into halftime. Ali Wrisner scored the other two points.
Barrett went off for 12 points after the half as Dibrell built its lead to over 20 points. Four points from Johnson, two from Grace Rains and free throw from Brianna  Young rounded out the Lady Wildcats scoring in the second half.
The Lady Tigers scored only two points after the break as Riley Desmarais hit a shot in the third quarter. Callie Cathcart led Irving College with four points while Candace Wanamaker added two.
Dibrell and Warren County squared off last night in the tournament with scores unavailable at press time. Irving College and Centertown are scheduled to play a consolation game next Monday at 6:30 p.m.
The 3-pt girls tournament championship will be played Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.