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Lady Pioneers win
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Senior Jaden Smartt returned to action Friday after reinjuring her knee during the first game of the season. One person in the crowd said Smartt was the toughest girl in the school. Smartt said she is feeling the best she has felt in two years since she first injured her knee.

Lady Pioneer head coach Anthony Lippe said his team executed well in its 56-31 victory against Franklin on Friday night on Warren County’s home court. 

There were many bright spots in the game. One major highlight was senior Jaden Smartt returning from a knee injury she suffered in the first game of the season.

Junior Brienne Kelsey had a hot hand, making three 3-pointers and leading the Lady Pioneers in scoring with 12 points. Kelsey was aggressive on the perimeter and also made a layup cutting to the basket. Shelby Smartt had 11 points and two 3-pointers. 

The Lady Pioneers dominated early, taking a 9-0 lead. Warren County dominated in every facet of the game. 

The Lady Pioneers started with a man-to-man defense that prevented Franklin’s guards from getting easy, open shots. Savannah Winfree continues to impress with her performance at center. Winfree was open around the basket a few times for high percentage shots, and she used her quickness and strength on the boards.

The win increased the Lady Pioneers’ season record to 6-2.

HEAD COACH

COMMENTS

After the game, coach Anthony Lippe said, “There were some times when we made some mistakes and went into slumps. We have tried to work on execution this week. They (Franklin) had three guards who played on their team last year who beat us by four points (54-50). Their guards could shoot it. Just proud of our girls. We pushed the pace and shared the ball well.”

PLAYER COMMENTS

Brienne Kelsey discussed her performance, “I felt pretty good about it. I just want to help the team in any way that I can. We had some girls coming back who have been injured, and I want to step up and help the team. I have worked on my 3-point shot a lot, but I want to do other things to help the team as well by driving the lane and stuff like that. I don’t know how many 3s I made. As long as we are winning, I don’t care.” 

Jaden Smartt reinjured her knee last month – a knee that she first injured two years ago. She shared how it felt to be playing again. “It felt really good. I was glad to be back out there with the team. It is my senior year, and I really want to be back out there with them. I am not thinking about any pain. I just want to go out there and do my best…give 110 percent. I have been doing a lot of physical therapy and exercises. I feel better than I have felt in two years.”


NEXT GAME

The Lady Pioneers will attempt to avenge a road loss earlier this season to Tullahoma on Tuesday. Tipoff will be at 6 p.m. 


GIRLS


LADY PIONEERS 56

FRANKLIN 31


WARREN COUNTY Brienne Kelsey 12, Shelby Smartt 11, Mia Hobbs 9, Sable Winfree 8, Kyra Perkins 8, Savannah Winfree 6, Sydney Burger 2


FRANKLIN Jean Costello 17, Lyla Gardner 6, Charlotte Robertson 4, Amy Elliott 3, Wrenn Doran 1