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Lady Pioneers back on track
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Junior Mia Hobbs pivots around DeKalb County defenders Maddison Martin, behind Hobbs, and No. 32, Kadee Ferrell to pass the ball back out to the perimeter to guard Sable Winfree. Hobbs scored 7 points and was glad the Lady Pioneers got a win to increase their season record to 4-1. - photo by Brad Durham

The high school Lady Pioneers bounced back from a road loss earlier in the week to beat DeKalb County at home Friday night, 52-35, to improve their season record to 4-1.

WCHS sophomore Sable Winfree and junior Kyra Perkins were an impressive duo in the game scoring a combined 27 points. Winfree hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter on the way to leading the Pioneers with 14 points. Perkins scored 13 points and was active on both ends of the court.

Defense is what made a big difference in this game. Warren County broke open a tight halftime lead, 24-21, by holding DeKalb County to 5 points in the third quarter. Warren County scored 17 points in that quarter to take a commanding 44-26 lead going into the fourth.

The Lady Pioneers were a little out-sized, but they created turnovers with a full-court press and quick defense in the half court. Perkins and Winfree often collapsed on a player, making steals. Either Perkins or Winfree would pass the ball to the other one to start a fast break. 

Brienne Kelsey had a hot-hand from the perimeter, knocking down three 3-pointers in the second half. Mia Hobbs sunk a 3-pointer in the decisive third quarter and made both of her three throws in that quarter as well. As WCHS head coach Anthony Lippe and Lady Pioneer players said after the game, it was an impressive team effort. 


HEAD COACH

COMMENTS

Lippe spoke after the game about the victory, “This was big for us. We were disappointed in how we played at Tullahoma the other night. That sort of left a bad taste in our mouth. We wanted to come out and play our best. So, we got them fired up to come out and play their best. I think playing at home helps.”

Lippe was asked about slowing the offense down in the fourth quarter. Lippe responded, “We changed it up a little when we were up by 20. They were hanging back in a 2-3 (zone), and I usually hate doing that because it usually changes your rhythm as well. We had some turnovers, and we have to get better at closing out games. But we wanted them to come out and guard us because we thought there were some mismatches with our guards that would give them some problems. Our girls played a heck of a game defensively because DeKalb can really shoot the basketball. I am proud of our girls tonight and their performance.”

Lippe commented about the Lady Pioneers next game Tuesday night, “White County is a whole lot bigger than us and they will be a big test for us. We will scout them on Monday.”


PLAYER COMMENTS

Mia Hobbs said, “I think it was a good turnaround since last game. We were glad to come back strong as a team. We really needed this win. We shared the ball well, and as a team we were very fluent.” 

Hobbs was asked about playing White County Tuesday night, and she replied, “I‘m excited about White County, and we have to keep preparing for them.”

Savannah Winfree, who started her second game of the season, was asked what made a difference in the third quarter. Winfree replied, “During the third quarter we just kicked it up another gear, played together and played aggressive defense.”


SOUTHERN STANDARD 

ON SPORTS

Full interviews with head coach Anthony Lippe, and Lady Pioneers Mia Hobbs and Savannah Winfree can be viewed on Southern Standard on Sports. The show can be viewed for free at www.souternstandard.com and by downloading the Southern Standard app. DeKalb County head coach Danny Fish is also interviewed on the show.


NEXT GAME

The Lady Pioneers tip-off against rival White County at home in the Dalt on Tuesday night at 6 p.m.


GIRLS

LADY PIONEERS 52

DEKALB COUNTY 35


WARREN COUNTY Sable Winfree 14, Kyra Perkins 13, Brienne Kelsey 9, Mia Hobbs 7, Shelby Smartt 4, Rudy DeArmond 3, Lex Verge 2

DEKALB COUNTY Avery Agee 11, Kadee Ferrell 10, Ell VanVranken 7, Dare Collins 5, Madison Martin 2