Anytime the Lady Pioneers are open on the outside, coach Tara Koran wants her team to launch. She didn’t have to tell her team twice Monday against Franklin South.
Paige Sweeton, Hailey Simpson and Brianna Taylor combined to hit 10 3-pointers as the Lady Pioneers trounced the visiting Lady Trojans 50-17 to improve to 3-2 this season.
Outside shooting has been a strength of the Lady Pioneers this season, with Sweeton and Simpson being the main threats. Coach Koran knew the outside shots would be available against the Franklin South defense and the shots started swishing early.
“We heard Franklin South would play a 2-3 zone so I told the girls to be sure to have their hands and feet ready to catch and shoot,” said Koran. “I was very proud of Paige, Hailey and Bri for knocking down those 3s. Almost everyone who touched the floor provided some scoring – that’s exciting for sure.”
Eight Lady Pioneers scored in the blowout, led by Sweeton’s 14 points. She hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, helping Warren County build a 16-2 lead before the first break.
Simpson added 12 points, all coming from behind the arc. Taylor was next in line with eight points, including a pair of long balls.
Franklin South didn’t provide a lot of resistance in Monday’s matchup, but Koran still saw some things her team needs to work on to get better. She knows the Lady Pioneers won’t be sharp-shooters every night.
“If our shots don’t fall, we want to rely on our aggressive defense to win the game. We have some work to do – our boxing out and rebounding weren’t as strong as it should be and we got beat (getting) back on defense a couple times,” said Koran. “Those are little mistakes you can’t make against White County or Coffee County, but I have faith my girls will continue to work hard and correct those issues.”
Sable Winfree, who entered the game averaging a team-best 14.5 points per game, didn’t have to do much offensively, scoring just four points. Bella Pennington and Aleah Davis also had four points, while Lex Verge and Kyleigh Ramsey added two points apiece.
The Lady Pioneers will be back in action Thursday at home against Franklin North. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.