Digging early holes cost the Warren County High School girls basketball team Saturday in the Mitch Wilson Classic.
Facing the Harpeth Hall Honeybears, the Lady Pioneers fell behind by double digits early in the game and could never dent the lead as the team fell 50-38 against the Nashville private school.
Warren County (5-2) seemed to have trouble getting started in the first half as the Honeybears were able to build a big lead with scoring runs to start the first and second quarters.
Harpeth Hall scored the first eight points of the game before freshman Marlee Smith put Warren County on the board with a free throw.
Sophomore Bri Melton helped the Lady Pioneers climb back into the game with a 3-pointer and Saydee Winfree added a free throw and jumper, but Warren County trailed 12-8 after the first quarter.
Harpeth Hall was able to extend its lead in the second period by leaning on the long ball. The Honeybears sank three 3-pointers in the period, including back-to-back shots to start the quarter, to build a 22-8 advantage.
Two free throws from Melton and Megan Dishman got the Lady Pioneers back on the board in the second quarter, but Warren County faced a 31-16 deficit entering the locker rooms.
Jessie Newby, who started in the absence of sophomore Brittany Myers, got Warren County within 10 twice in the third period with layups, but the Lady Pioneers never could cut the lead to single digits in the second half.
Despite Melton’s eight points in the final period, Warren County fell for the second time this season.
Melton finished with 20 points, giving her a streak of seven games where the sophomore scored in double figures. Newby added seven, followed by Dishman with four.
The Lady Pioneers were in action last night with a home game against Franklin County. Scores were unavailable at press time.