After the Warren County Middle School girls team won the preseason tournament in the 5-6 elementary league and followed it up by winning six straight games to start the regular season, every other team knew it would take a sensational effort to beat the Lady Pioneers.
Dibrell Lady Wildcat Brianna Young has been sensational all year and she continued her great season Thursday night. Young scored an elementary league season-high 28 points to help the Dibrell Lady Wildcats defeat Warren County 39-31, ending the Lady Pioneers unbeaten season.
Young has been a terror to guard all year as she came into the game leading the league in scoring. With the 28-point outburst against Warren County, Young upped her season average to 15.7 points per game, well above any other girl in the league.
Dibrell needed every point it could get from Young to pull the upset at Warren County Middle School gym.
The Lady Wildcat guard was unstoppable in the first half as she scored 17 points.
With Young leading the way and Grace Rains adding four points, Dibrell led 21-17 going into the locker rooms.
Seven more points from Young in the third quarter, along with a free throw by Kailey Wood, kept the Lady Wildcats in front by four.
Warren County countered with baskets from Emily Mikkola, Megan Patch, Shonacye Rutledge and Madison Ledbetter in the third period, but the Lady Pioneers went into the fourth quarter trailing 29-25.
Young kept the pressure on the Lady Pioneers by sinking 4-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter, but it was Rains that ended any hope of a Warren County comeback.
After two baskets by Wanamaker pulled the Lady Pioneers within four, Rains calmly sank 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute to put Dibrell ahead for good.
Rains finished with nine points in the victory, while Wood and Alora Stuart scored one point apiece for Dibrell.
Wanamaker and Patch led Warren County with nine points each, followed by Mikkola with seven, Rutledge with four and Ledbetter with two.
Warren County fell to 6-1 with the loss, but stayed atop the standings as Dibrell remained in second place at 5-2.
In other girls elementary league action, the Morrison Lady Eagles defeated the Centertown Lady Warriors 24-14.
Tyra Wright led Morrison with eight points, followed by Grace Badger with six, Macy Harrell and Addyson Crouch with four each and Riley Desmarais with two.
Raeliegh Moore scored a team-high five points for Centertown. Macie Walker added three, while Gracie Self, Page Duke and Beth Vaughn chipped in two points apiece.
Morrison improved to 4-3 with the victory and Centertown dropped to 3-4 following the loss.