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Lady Pioneers earn close win
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Jeffery Simmons photo Callie Cathcart's 14 points helped the Lady Pioneers defeat DeKalb County 40-35.

The DeKalb County Lady Tigers weren't going to let the Lady Pioneers' top two weapons beat them Friday night. They didn't plan for an option C to come back to bite them.

Sparked by senior Callie Cathcart's 14 points, the Lady Pioneers downed DeKalb County on Purple Night 40-35, their second win in as many nights.

"They came in trying to take away Tyra (Wright) in the post and Megan Patch's outside shot," said WCHS coach Shea Panter. "We had others step up big time in their spots. Callie was great, Caylie Sherrell did some big things for us late. It was a total team win."

Wright was coming off a 28-point performance in Tullahoma the night before, while Patch's three 3-pointers in the final eight minutes helped the Lady Pioneers top DeKalb County 44-35 Nov. 28.

Cathcart decided to take advantage of the defense looking to stop her teammates, especially in the final quarter. With the game tied 35-35, Cathcart sprinted around two screens to catch the Lady Tigers off guard. Emily Mikkola spotted Cathcart open, and hit her in stride for a layup that gave the Lady Pioneers the lead with 1:57 to play.

The defense did the rest. Wright blocked two shots in the final 40 seconds, the first finding Bri Young's hands. Young was immediately fouled and sank two free throws to make it 39-35.
Wright spiked another shot with 12 seconds left, then ended the game when she claimed a rebound and was fouled with 0.5 seconds left. She hit a final free throw to give her 11 points.
Cathcart scored eight of the Lady Pioneers first 21 points, helping the home team to a 21-20 lead at halftime. Her back-to-back buckets late in the third quarter helped narrow the Lady Tiger lead to 29-27 entering the final period.

Warren County will look for its third straight win Monday night when it visits Cannon County. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.