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Lady Pioneers beat the Heat
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Some team may figure out how to stop Lauren Wilkinson and Bree Smith, but it hasn’t happened yet.Wilkinson and Smith were brilliant once again for the Lady Pioneers as the team moved to 7-1 with a 47-35 win over the Middle Tennessee Heat Tuesday night at Charlie Dalton Gym.The star seniors have accounted for over half of the Lady Pioneers’ points this season and Tuesday was no different.Wilkinson scored 20 points, which was her seventh game of 20 or more points this season, while Smith added 14 points, five assists and five steals.The seniors stole the show early. Smith began the game by hitting fellow senior Taylor Johnson with a bounce pass to get the Lady Pioneers on the board with an easy layup.Smith found Wilkinson on the next possession for another layup, then Wilkinson drained a wide-open 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 7-3 early.Smith started looking for her own shot on the next possession when she went baseline and pulled up for a short jumper.Smith mixed it back up the next time down the court when she drove through the defense then kicked the ball out to Wilkinson for another wide open 3-pointer.Wilkinson’s second long-range shot jump-started a 13-3 run to end the first quarter. Wilkinson accounted for nine of the points as she hit a jumper, went coast-to-coast for a layup and knocked in two free throws.Smith and Megan Dishman each added two free throws apiece as Warren County led 22-11 after the first quarter.The scoring spurt for Warren County carried over into the second quarter.