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CTC Tournament to start Wednesday
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Snow has pushed back the CTC Tournament.

The Warren County Middle School girls will play their tournament opener Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Tullahoma East. The Lady Pioneers enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed and Tullahoma East is No. 4.

The tournament is being played at Franklin South.

“Tullahoma East has a really strong guard,” said WCMS coach Mendy Stotts. “She’s strong and physical and can shoot outside and drive to the basket. Stopping her is going to be key for us. She missed a bunch of games this year and that’s why they didn’t finish higher in the standings. When she has played, they are really tough to beat. She’s someone who usually scores 20 a game.”

The Lady Pioneers are capable of making a tournament run with players like Maci McBride, Aubrey Oleksik, Addison Steakley and Katie Betchel.

Coach Stotts says the offense has clicked in spurts this season.

“We’ve had games where we’ve scored pretty well and had games where it seems like it just won’t go in,” said Stotts.

If the Lady Pioneers win Wednesday, they will advance to face top-seeded Coffee County.

On the boys side, the Pioneers caught fire to grab the No. 1 seed in the tournament after finishing tied with Franklin North with a 10-2 record. The Pioneers won the third tiebreaker, which was points scored in the first half this season.

The Pioneers have a first-round bye and won’t play until Saturday at 10 a.m. If they win that game, they will play for the championship Saturday at 3 p.m.

At right, Katie Betchel and the WCMS Lady Pioneers are scheduled to open CTC Tournament play Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Franklin South.