It is rare for a high school team not to score in the opening quarter, but that is what happened to Siegel on Friday night at the Dalt as the Lady Pioneers outscored the Lady Stars 17-0 in the first quarter.
The game was not one for the highlight reels, but Warren County dominated throughout for a lopsided 55-12 victory.
Siegel bounced back in the second quarter, and Warren County coasted somewhat to a halftime lead of 28-8.
Siegel head coach Shane Young summed up the first half at halftime, “We have to find our heart. We are getting outhustled and outplayed. We are not mentally focused on the game. We need to play good defense so that we can get good stops to help us on offense.”
Siegel came into the game 0-5. The Lady Stars simply struggled to make shots and they had a tough time handling the Lady Pioneers’ full-court press. Siegel clogged up the middle on defense, which appeared to knock Warren County out of rhythm offensively, especially in the second quarter. The second half was all Warren County, and many Lady Pioneers saw action in the game.
The Lady Pioneers improved their season record to 5-2, and there were some casualties. WCHS coach Anthony Lippe indicated after the game that Kyra Perkins and Rudy DeArmond will be evaluated over the weekend. It is hoped both girls will be ready to play this Friday when the Lady Pioneers play their next game.
Shelby Smartt led Warren County in scoring with 13 points, followed by Sable Winfree with 10 points. Smartt hit three 3-pointers. A total of 10 Lady Pioneers scored.
LADY PIONEERS 55
LADY PIONEERS Shelby Smartt 13, Sable Winfree 10, Brienne Kelsey 9, Kyra Perkins 7, Lex Verge 5, Rudy DeArmond 3, Kennedi Pegg 2, Mia Hobbs 2, Savannah Winfree 2, Sydney Burger 2
SIEGEL Nhia Hardison 4, Monica Peralta 3, Secret Grissom 2, Fionia Mallory 2, Ellie Walker 1
HEAD COACH COMMENTS
After the game, head Lady Pioneer coach Anthony Lippe gave a brief analysis. He said, “The first quarter was exactly what we wanted to do. I think we kind of got lax and stagnant in the second quarter and we did not share the ball like we want to. I think it was 8-11 in that quarter. I think we were 4 of 7 on free throws and we missed too many layups. I think we were 12 of 24 in the paint. Night in and night out, you are playing some really tough teams, and that is not going to do it. On the flip side, the second half was outstanding. We started sharing the basketball and getting after them on defense.”
Sophomore Sable Winfree complimented her team’s defense, but stated the team started the game playing selfishly. Winfree said, “We really locked down on defense. Coach Lippe had us switch from man, and they didn’t know how to setup. I think we came out in the first half and played a lot of “I” ball, and we came into the locker room and regrouped. We played a lot stronger in the second half.”
The Lady Pioneers do not play again until Friday at home against Franklin. The team needs some time to heal from some injuries. Warren County lost to Franklin last year on the road and they hope to avenge that loss.