The Centertown Lady Warriors kept Warren County Middle School on the ropes for a half Tuesday, but the Lady Pioneers kept the 5-6 grade girls elementary league lead with a strong second half.
With Shonacye Rutledge and Hailey Wood leading the charge, Warren County pulled away from Centertown to win 29-17 and improve to 8-1 this season.
Centertown (5-5) stayed even with the Lady Pioneers in the first half as Gracie Self paced the Lady Warrior offense.
Self scored six points in the first half and Raeleigh Moore scored two as the Lady Warriors were within one point at halftime.
Rutledge and Megan Patch each scored four points in the first half for the Lady Pioneers and Emily Mikkola hit a free throw late in the second quarter to put Warren County up 9-8 at halftime.
After the break, Rutledge flipped the switch as Warren County was able to put away the Lady Warriors.
Rutledge scored eight points in the third quarter, including a three-point play that ignited a 10-0 run. Rutledge followed up the big basket with two more layups, which were sandwiched around a jumper from Mikkola.
Page Duke stopped the Warren County run with a bucket before the third-quarter buzzer, but the Lady Warriors found themselves trailing 19-10 entering the final period.
Self, Duke and Moore tried pulling Centertown closer with layups in the fourth quarter, but it was Lady Pioneer super sub Hailey Wood that shut the door on a Lady Warrior comeback.
Wood scored six points in the final period, including two run-out layups after steals, to help the Lady Pioneers win their eighth game this season.
Rutledge moved into fourth place on the county scoring list with a game-high 12 points Tuesday. Wood and Megan Patch added six points apiece, while Mikkola finished with three and Marah Wanamaker tallied two.
Self led Centertown with eight points, followed by Moore with five and Duke with four.
In other girls elementary league action, Riley Desmarais’ transfer paid immediate dividends for Morrison as the former Irving College player led the Lady Eagles to a 34-23 win over her former team Monday night.
Desmarais, who was the second-leading scorer for Irving College before transferring to Morrison two weeks ago, scored 10 points to lift Morrison to its sixth win this season.
Desmarais gave the Lady Eagles the outside shooting the team has desperately needed to compliment its two top posts, Tyra Wright and Addyson Crouch.
With the Lady Tiger defense having to account for Desmarais, Wright and Crouch scored eight points apiece in the win. Grace Badger added four and Macy Harrell and Chelsea Martin chipped in two points each.
Caylie Sherrell led Irving College with 10 points, followed by Emily Fults with eight and Hannah Lee with five.
With the victory, Morrison took over sole possession for third place with a 6-4 record. Irving College dropped to fifth with a 4-5 mark.