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Fourth-quarter drought dooms Lady Pioneers
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Tyra Wright had 14 points Thursday, but they weren't enough as Warren County fell to Coffee County 42-35. - photo by Jeffery Simmons

The most important part of basketball seemed to be the most troublesome thing for the Lady Pioneers late in Thursday’s game against Coffee County. The home team simply couldn’t put the ball in the hole. 

A prolonged dry spell knocked out any chance of pulling an upset Thursday, as the Lady Raiders were able to topple Warren County 42-35 in each team’s first game of 2019.

Warren County (7-10) got 14 points apiece from Tyra Wright and Grace Rains, but the entire offense went silent in the final quarter. The Lady Pioneers went nearly seven minutes between buckets in the fourth quarter, when a tie game turned into a commanding lead for Coffee County.

Wright briefly knotted the score at 28-28 in the fourth. The Lady Pioneer post was able to get a clean look inside for a layup just a few seconds into play in the final quarter, with hopes of setting the stage for a battle to the finish.

Instead, Warren County’s offense collapsed.

The Lady Pioneers scored just three points in the next six minutes, getting a free throw from Rains and two free throws from Wright.

By the time Rains snapped the scoring drought with a layup with 1:15 left, Warren County had dug a 40-33 hole. There was no time left for a comeback as the Lady Pioneers fell to their border rivals for the third straight time.

Rains and Wright did their best to keep Warren County alive through three quarters. The duo took turns giving Coffee County fits in the paint. 

Rains showed off her post moves early, spinning defenders around on back-to-back possessions with contorting lefty layups. She followed with a high-low assist to Wright midway through the second quarter, giving the team a brief 17-15 lead.

The lead volleyed back and forth through the second and third quarters. Megan Patch knotted the score at 20-20 with a 3-pointer to open the second half, followed by a layup from Wright to give Warren County the lead.

Coffee County responded with a 6-0 run, only to see Wright score on a putback and ignite a fast-break with a big block. Rains finished the two-on-one break, getting a feed from Emily Mikkola to tie the game at 26-26 before the end of the third. 

The Lady Raiders were able to pull away late though, getting 17 points from Abby Morgan to secure the victory.

Warren County will be back in action at 6 p.m. for a home game Tuesday against Stone Memorial.

Photos from the JV and varsity games, taken by Painted Barn Media, are available at https://paintedbarnmedia.zenfolio.com/p1071787526?fbclid=IwAR31EKS1i4DSVbwC4SlV5eK1nNM646rSkTsnerMDzYlM9RjJslqKZiLEyDU