Wednesday morning, the Warren County Lady Pioneers entered the game versus the Portland Lady Panthers with momentum after a win Tuesday over Cannon County. Warren County continued its sharp perimeter shooting and it led the Lady Pioneers to a 57-48 win over Portland.
Allison Hitchcock led all scorers with a game-high 14 points and she buried a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter to help extend the Lady Pioneer lead.
The Lady Pioneers led 13-10 after the first quarter and never looked back. Saydee Winfree picked up right where she left off Tuesday. Winfree got free from the Lady Panther defense and knocked down a long range 3-pointer.
Warren County continued to attack the Portland defense. Hitchcock and Elsa Eckenrod shook off their defenders and the two combined for eight first-quarter points. Marlee Smith went to work inside and she scored from the post.
Portland struggled to find a rhythm as the Lady Pioneer defense pressured the ball around the perimeter. Cristina Herrara dialed up a shot from long distance and connected to help Portland stay within three by the end of the first.
In the second quarter, Warren County continued to find new ways to the basket. Callie Cathcart and young-gun Megan Patch fired 3-pointers that hit their mark. Winfree was not done shooting from long range and she hit her second of three 3-point shots.
Lady Pioneers Rylan Moore and Smith continued to work inside the paint. Smith scored inside and Moore knocked down a pair of free throws after contact was made by the defense.
Shot selection was limited in the second for Portland and Herrara got free just long enough to hit her second 3-pointer. The dismal offensive quarter by the Lady Panther offense allowed Warren County to extend its lead to 26-17 by the half.
The second half was even as both teams scored 31 points in the final two quarters. For Warren County, Hitchcock buried two 3-pointers. Kristen Rowland and Eckenrod stepped to the free-throw line and shot 2-of-2 in the final period.
The Lady Pioneers fended off the Lady Panther attack in the second half and claimed a 57-48 win at the White County Christmas Tournament.
The Lady Pioneers will be on a four-game road trip after the holiday break and return home Jan. 19 versus Stone Memorial with game time scheduled for 6 p.m.
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Allison Hitchcock 14, Saydee Winfree 12, Elsa Eckenrod 8, Rylan Moore 7, Marlee Smith 6, Callie Cathcart 5, Megan Patch 3, Kristen Rowland 2
LADY PANTHER SCORING – Cristina Herrara 13, Alyssa Chatmon 12, Mackenzie Trouten 12, Erica Keen 8, Rachel Jennings 3