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Lady Pioneers eye fresh start
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There wasn’t a ceremony to bury the basketball, torch the nets or destroy the disks of the game, but coach Erick Baird is definitely ready to put last week’s District 6-AAA opener in the past.The Warren County High School girls basketball team started the district season by being crushed by Coffee County 52-26, the team’s worst loss of the season.Warren County (12-9) knew going into the game with the Lady Raiders last week that history wasn’t on its side, but that will be the same story tonight when the Lady Pioneers travel to White County.Coffee County continued its nearly decade-long winning streak over the Lady Pioneers last Friday and White County has been winning against Warren County just as long.Since coach Erick Baird arrived in Warren County before the 2009-10 season, which was also the first year District 6-AAA featured five teams, the Lady Pioneers have never beaten the Warriorettes.The most bitter loss came last year in the District 6-AAA tournament when a blunder in time-out calling cost the Lady Pioneers a victory and a shot at the championship game.Coach Baird tried to call a time-out after Lauren Wilkinson put the team ahead in the final seconds, but Warren County was out of time-outs and was called for a technical foul.A free throw and game-winning shot by Allyson Quillen gave the Warriorettes the victory and handed coach Baird one of his toughest losses during his tenure.Getting a win against the Warriorettes this season, especially on the road, would be a huge boost for the Lady Pioneers. Coach Baird knows it won’t be an easy task though.“Watching the film, you can tell this is a quality team we’re going to face,” said Baird. “They are a senior-laden team that plays well together.