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Lady Pioneers end losing skid
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The Warren County High School girls basketball team survived a cold shooting night in Centennial Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.
Behind 18 points from Bri Melton and a stingy Lady Pioneer defense, Warren County defeated Centennial 34-25.
Warren County (6-4) had lost its previous three games before Saturday and a tough shooting night  nearly extended the streak to four.
The Lady Pioneers missed 24 of its 28 3-pointers and made only 10-of-22 free throws, but coach Erick Baird credited his team's transition defense for the win.
"Lots of people have asked how we won while having a tough night shooting. It was all about defense," said Baird. "We didn't give up any easy baskets in transition."
Melton looked poised to shoot the Lady Pioneers to their sixth win when she came out hitting in the first period.
The team's leading scorer had seven points in the opening quarter, including sinking two 3-pointers, as Warren County led 11-8 after eight minutes.
The Lady Pioneers went cold in the second quarter, scoring only five points on baskets by Melton and Camerie Martin along with a free throw from freshman Marlee Smith.
Missing five free throws in the second period, and 8-of-10 overall in the first half, let Centennial stay close going into halftime.
Warren County led 16-15 when the second half began, but the team would hit only one shot in the third period.
Martin's 3-pointer was the Lady Pioneers' only made shot, but it was a big one as it kept the game tied going into the final quarter.
Melton and Martin made sure the Lady Pioneers wouldn't lose late. After the duo combined to hit four free throws, Melton put the Lady Pioneers ahead for good with a layup and a dagger 3-pointer.
Martin finished with nine points while senior Rachel Nokes added four.
The Lady Pioneers return to action Friday with a home game against the Cannon County Lady Lions. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.