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Coffee too strong again
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Warren County post Jaden Smartt dribbles by Coffee County post Chloe Gannon. Gannon was the top scorer of the game leading to another win over the Lady Pioneers 62-37. Smartt scored 6. - photo by Taylor Moore
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Lady Pioneer Kyra Perkins runs past Coffee County’s defense on Tuesday. Perkins led Warren County in points, but the Lady Pioneers were outscored by the Lady Raiders 62-37 in their second district loss. - photo by Taylor Moore

Despite an impressive overall record at 18-4, the Warren County Lady Pioneers fell to Coffee County once again, putting Warren County at 3-2 in the district.

The Lady Pioneers only district losses are to the Lady Raiders who tend to be strong under the basket with Chloe Gannon’s post-shot accuracy.

Gannon scored 14 points under the goal with two additional foul shots to lead the Lady Raiders to a 62-37 victory over the Lady Pioneers on Tuesday night in Manchester.

Kyra Perkins led the Lady Pioneers with 10, while Sable Winfree scored 9.

The third quarter would be the downfall for the Lady Pioneers as Gannon went on a roll for the Lady Raiders under the goal scoring most of her points that quarter. Coffee County outscored Warren 19-4 in the third quarter, which is the exact same third-quarter score from their game earlier this year at Charlie Dalton Gym.

“We just have to be more consistent to continue at a high level,” said WCHS head coach Anthony Lippe. “Basketball is a game of runs and momentum, and we just haven’t done a good job of keeping the pace after halftime with Coffee County.”

The game started with Kyra Perkins snagging the jump ball and making a layup.

However, 3-point shots by Jalie Rheuling and Olivia Vinson gave Coffee County a lead. Warren was down by 10 in the first quarter, but with Brienne Kelsey hitting a 3 and Perkins making another layup, the Lady Pioneers were back in the game.

A 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer by Sable Winfree closed the gap to 16-12.

Immediately in the second, Sable and Jaden Smartt put up a basket each to tie 16-16.

Warren County kept up with a 3 from Shelby Smartt to tie again, 22-22, but with two foul shots, Coffee had a slight lead 24-22 at halftime.

After a rocky third quarter, the Lady Pioneers were almost down by 20 entering the fourth. Rheuling was the top scorer for the Lady Raiders this quarter making all five of her foul shots.

Coffee County made 81.8% of its free throws against Warren’s 71.7%.

The Lady Raiders pushed their winning streak to 16 games and are undefeated in the district, 5-0 and 19-3 overall.

WARREN COUNTY -- Kyra Perkins 10, Sable Winfree 9, Shelby Smartt 7, Jaden Smartt 6, Brienne Kelsey 3, Mia Hobbs 2 COFFEE COUNTY -- Chloe Gannon 16, Jalie Rheuling 12, Channah Gannon 11, Elli Chumley 10, Olivia Vinson 9, Kiya Ferrell 4