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Lady Pioneers dominate camp
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The WCMS Lady Pioneers compiled an impressive 22-3 record while playing in four June camps. Warren County concluded tournament play last week at MTSU. Members of the team are, front row, from left, Haley Smith, Alexxia Verge and Brianna Taylor. Second row, Hailey Simpson, Alexis Verdel and Kyliegh Ramsey. Back row, Katie Hutchins, Bella Pennington, Paige Sweeton, MTSU coach Rick Insell, Sable Winfree, Zioe Verge, Aleah Davis, Regin Grissom and Sydney Matthews.

Tara Koran’s personal scrapbook may be getting close to capacity.

The third-year WCMS girls basketball coach has been busy taking her Lady Pioneers from town-to-town, with hopes the success found this summer will carry over when the team hits the hardwood this winter. Warren County finished its tour of camps with a 22-3 varsity record, while the junior varsity was 8-1.

Koran has been updating daily on social media, using the platform to grow the chemistry between her burgeoning squad. It seems to be working wonders, with the Lady Pioneers already sharing the ball and defending as a group at a high level.

“This group of girls is special,” said Koran. “These girls are close and really want to see each other succeed. Each game we had a different leading scorer. If I had to sum up this team with one word – tough. We go to battle.”

Koran praised the defense, which was able to crank up the pressure at camp. The offense was spurred by multiple playmakers, some who specialize at shooting from long range while others can get to the rim at will.

While there was plenty to praise, Koran is still looking for improvements, including from herself.

“There’s definitely some areas we need to work on. I wasn’t happy with our boxing out and we have a few I need to rein in on fouling,” said Koran. “I learned a lot last season. I’m applying what I’ve learned going into the season. I’m also going to a camp for coaches in Chattanooga to continue to grow as a coach.”

Warren County attended four camps in the last month. The Lady Pioneers traveled to Shelbyville, Smithville and Tullahoma before ending the whirlwind journey at MTSU. Warren County was able to take notes from legendary girls coach Rick Insell while also racking up wins.

The Lady Pioneers went undefeated in Murfreesboro, winning 11 games over three days to amass its impressive summer record. One of those victories came over CTC rival Franklin North, while a previous victory in Tullahoma came against another rival, Tullahoma West.

Koran knows it won’t matter if WCMS can’t do it in November, but it’s been a welcome sight so far.

“I’m so proud of them. These girls have worked so hard this spring and summer,” said Koran. “There’s more work to be done, but I have faith these girls will continue to work hard. It’s been such a fun experience. They’re definitely a fun group to be around.”

Warren County, with the 18-player roster Koran selected in May, will begin play this November.