Last season, in head coach Shea Panter’s first year, the Lady Pioneers finished 3-7 in the district and 17-18 overall, slightly above this year’s performance.
The Lady Pioneers faced an uphill climb after a pair of seniors graduated and several others decided to move away from basketball and pursue other interests. The decision left coach Panter short-handed and forced younger players on the team to step up.
The Warren County Lady Pioneers entered this year’s district tournament as the No. 6 seeded team after they finished with a 1-9 district record and an overall record of 10-21. Warren County recorded its first home win Nov. 24 against neighboring Cannon County.
The first half of the season was a wild up-and-down ride. On a high note, the Lady Pioneers picked up back-to-back wins over Siegel and Coffee County during the second week of December.
The Lady Pioneers struggled the next couple weeks and lost seven straight. A pair of wins just as 2015 came to a close at the Sonic Shoot-Out showed promise from the Lady Pioneers.
Warren County returned to its regular schedule on Jan. 5 and came up just short in its second matchup against Cannon County. The season included more struggles in January.
A 63-22 win over the Lady Stars at Siegel on Feb. 1 put the Lady Pioneers back in the win column. Less than a week later, Warren County got its revenge on Rhea County at Charlie Dalton Gym for its second win in a row and its only district win of the year.
Warren County dropped its final district game to Stone Memorial but ended its regular season with a win over Coffee County.
The Lady Pioneers played White County in the first round of the district tournament Thursday night. The first meeting between the two teams was a 12-point win in favor of White County. The second meeting was another win for White County, the second time by 10 points.
Results of the third and final meeting were not available at press time.