The Lady Pioneers are currently on a six-game losing streak after Tuesday night’s loss to the Lady Warriors from White County. The game was close through the first half and then the Lady Pioneer defense collapsed.
The Lady Warrior offense poured in the points during the third and accumulated an 18-point lead by the end of the quarter. Warren County made a mad dash at the lead midway through the fourth quarter, but fell short and was defeated, 48-40.
Elsa Eckenrod led the scoring for Warren County with 11 points. It took four quarters before Eckenrod found the range behind the arch. The Lady Pioneer offense as a whole struggled from outside and only connected twice from long distance.
Deandra Luna of White County led all scorers with a game-high 18 points.
Luna had 14 points in three quarters and then buried her first and only 3-point shot in the fourth and shot 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.
Warren County kept pace with the Lady Warriors through the first half and trailed 24-18 at the break
The Lady Pioneer offense went on hiatus in the third quarter and that allowed White County to crank up its offense. The Lady Warrior offense started the quarter with a 5-0 run and just under four minutes into the third, WCHS head coach Shea Panter called timeout.
After an air ball shot by Warren County after the timeout, Luna raced back the other way and took it all the way to the rack. Hannah Leftwich was fouled hard on the way to the basket by Eckenrod and she stepped up and hit 1-of-2 free throws.
Moments later, Brittany Jones spotted up behind the arch and the Lady Pioneer defense came too late and she hit the open 3-pointer.
Warren County remained scoreless until the 1:52 mark. Emily Mikkola found a wide open Callie Cathcart on her way to the basket behind the White County defense. Mikkola threaded the needle and Cathcart picked up the uncontested layup in close as Warren County trailed 35-22.
The Lady Pioneers got their offense going in the fourth quarter. Eckenrod sparked the Lady Pioneers with a quick 3-pointer.
White County quickly returned the favor when Luna pulled the trigger on a deep 3-pointer.
At 48-30, coach Panter called timeout with 3:18 to play. Out of the timeout, Eckenrod drove hard to the basket and was fouled. She knocked down both and Warren County trailed 48-32.
Eckenrod picked up a loose ball and raced the other way. She drove into the lane and passed to Jayden Smith. Her shot was off and the rebound went to Bella Bain who muscled up a shot and was fouled. Bain stepped the free-throw line and shot 2-for-2, and the Lady Pioneers trailed 48-34.
The Lady Warrior offense continued to struggle down the stretch. Rylan Moore took the ball to the left side of the lane and turned the corner. Moore’s shot was good from close range and Warren County trailed 48-36 with 1:23 to play.
Eckenrod rebounded a miss and her putback dropped through. Warren County was within 10 at 48-38 with 1:02 to play and White County called timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Lady Warriors attempted to run out the clock and Warren County made no attempt to stop them. The Lady Pioneers did knock the ball away and it was gathered up by Moore who scored as time expired.
The Lady Pioneers were defeated at the final buzzer, 48-40.
Warren County matched up well against White County in the first half and the game was never out of reach. Marlee Smith and Hitchcock led the low-scoring first half with four points each.
The Lady Pioneers face the Lady Cavs tonight at 6 p.m. inside Charlie Dalton Gym.
LADY WARRIOR SCORING – Deandra Luna 18, Logan Quillen 9, Hannah Leftwich 8, Madison Gardenhire 6, Brittany Jones 3, Kristen Brown 3, Brooke Stoolin 1
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Elsa Eckenrod 11, Allison Hitchcock 9, Callie Cathcart 6, Rylan Moore 6, Marlee Smith 4, Saydee Winfree 2, Anna Bain 2