Warren County’s Lady Pioneers started off on the right foot Friday night as they played host to the DeKalb County Lady Tigers, making senior night all the sweeter with a 41-34 victory to get the party started.
Both teams took time to get started and the first-quarter score wouldn’t turn any heads as it was 4-1 after one in favor of Warren County.
After a 17-9, second-quarter rally, the Lady Pioneers were up 21-10 at the break and would stay ahead for the rest of the ballgame.
“I am glad we got the win for the seniors,” said Warren County Lady Pioneer head coach Shea Panter. “All the players were very generous sharing their playing time and we all came together to get it done. It was a very special night and we have a good memory for everyone to keep with them. Now we have to get ready for the tournament and do it again.”
Between handing out foul shots to Warren County, and Megan Patch hitting two treys, the second-quarter rally by the Lady Pioneers was the catalyst for a momentum change that lasted the final half.
A deflated Lady Tigers offense, which didn’t have any success working inside despite controlling possession, kept trying for an avenue that never appeared.
Warren County hit 15-of-24 for 63 percent from the charity stripe. DeKalb went 8-of-19 for 42 percent.
The Lady Pioneers distributed the points well as Tyra Wright and Patch led the scoring with 8 points each. Elsa Eckenrod scored 7 points, Bri Young 6, Emily Mikkola and Anna Bain hit for 5 points each and Callie Cathcart and Jayden Smith scored 1 point each.
Warren County High School will be the location for this year’s District 6AAA tournament Feb. 16 through Feb. 21. Brackets and times are TBA.