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Lady Pioneers beat Centertown to take top spot
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The Warren County Middle School girls basketball made an early statement in the 5-6 grade elementary girls league Thursday night.Behind 15 points from Shonacye Rutledge, the Lady Pioneers beat the Centertown Lady Warriors 38-17 to assume the top spot in the standings.The matchup between the last two undefeated teams in the league was supposed to be a nail-biter, but Rutledge and the Lady Pioneers turned the game into a blowout early.Rutledge scored 11 of her points before halftime as Warren County stormed to a 10-point lead.The Lady Pioneers worked diligently on offense to feed Rutledge the ball. Using a high-low set, Rutledge worked on the right block and was able to score at will early against the Lady Warriors.By the time Rutledge’s running mate in the post Marah Wanamaker added a three-point play in the second quarter, Warren County had seized a commanding 22-12 lead entering the locker rooms.While the offense put the Lady Pioneers up early, it was the Warren County defense that allowed the lead to swell in the third quarter.Centertown was held scoreless in the third period as the Lady Pioneers swarmed to the ball on defense. The fierce Lady Pioneer defense led to scoring opportunities for the quick Warren County guards as Megan Patch, Ashton Whiles and Madison Ledbetter each scored on layups.Rutledge added four more points in the third quarter as the Lady Pioneers built their lead to 20 entering the final period.Macie Walker was able to find the range for the first points for Centertown in the second half, but it was too late to forge a comeback for the Lady Warriors.Hailey Wood came off the bench to score four points in the fourth quarter for Warren County as the Lady Pioneers prevailed by 21.With her 15-point outburst, Rutledge moved near the top of the elementary scoring list as the Lady Pioneer forward averages 14 points per game.Patch added six for the Lady Pioneers, who improved to 3-0.