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District tournament put on ice
Warren County freshman Sable Winfree and the Lady Pioneers were expected to start district tournament action Tuesday night, but the game was postponed due to weather conditions.

The Warren County High School girls basketball team was scheduled to start district tournament play Tuesday night at home against Rhea County.

Winter weather had other ideas.

Snow and ice cancelled school, closed state offices, and pushed back the start of the district tournament. A revised schedule has the Lady Pioneers tentatively scheduled to play on Thursday night, with the Pioneers starting district action on Saturday.

Those dates are subject to change. Be sure to check the Standard’s website at or Facebook page for the latest updates.

“We’re ready to go and we’ll play when they tell us to play,” said WCHS girls basketball coach Anthony Lippe, whose team finished the regular season 11-11. “I know it will be a tough trip for Rhea County having to go over the mountain to get here so the roads need to be safe before we play.”

It’s a must-win game for the Lady Pioneers for their season to continue. The top four teams from each district advance to region competition, meaning the No. 4 seeded Lady Pioneers must beat No. 5 seeded Rhea County in the tournament play-in game to advance.

The Warren County girls have beaten Rhea County twice this year by decisive margins. The Lady Pioneers have been playing much better down the stretch and finished the regular season last week with a 74-43 victory on the road against Monterey. Twelve Warren County players scored in that game, led by a career-high 23 from sophomore Kyra Perkins.

The WCHS boys team (15-6) lost its regular-season finale to Monterey and enters district tournament play on a two-game slide. The Pioneers finished tied atop the district with White County with 6-2 records.

The Pioneers don’t have to win a district tournament game to advance to the region since they aren’t in the playin game. But WCHS coach Chris Sullens would like to see his team start to play better if a deep tournament run is in the cards.