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Lady Pioneers fall in regular season finale
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Jeffery Simmons photo Tyra Wright blows past Megan Anderson for a layup during the fourth quarter of Friday's game. Wright scored 24 points in a 70-57 loss to White County.

A clean slate may be the perfect cure for the Lady Pioneers. They’ll get it next weekend.

Warren County completed the regular season Friday with a 70-57 loss to the White County Warriorettes, its seventh straight loss.

Channeling her inner Bill Belichick, coach Shea Panter didn’t waste long in getting focused on the next task.

“It’s on to Cookeville,” said Panter after her team was swept by the Warriorettes. “This game could’ve given us some momentum into the district tournament, but it ultimately didn’t mean much. We know it is going to come down to beating Cookeville.”

The loss spoiled a valiant effort from Tyra Wright, who scored 24 points in the loss. The junior fought off an ankle injury just before halftime to play almost the entire second half, when she scored 14 points - 11 in the fourth quarter alone.

White County (20-7, 5-3) got 20 points from Kendreah Reeves and 17 from Gracie Dodgen.

The Warriorettes used a 15-2 run to end the third quarter, highlighted by a Dodgen corner 3-pointer right before the buzzer, to break the game open. White County had led by six before the run, but went into the fourth quarter ahead 52-33.

The Lady Pioneers trimmed the deficit to single digits twice in the fourth - first on a Megan Patch 3 with 3:48 and next on a Wright layup at the 2:57 mark that made it 60-52.

Warren County (11-17, 1-7) followed by missing point-blank layups on back-to-back possessions, while Kanden Reeves drove in the dagger with two 3-pointers in the span of 45 seconds.

Coach Panter immediately turned her sole focus to a win-or-go-home game against Cookeville Friday in Rhea County. The time for the game will not be decided until all district games are completed Tuesday, but the Lady Pioneers and Lady Cavaliers are already set for a third meeting. Both teams won on the road in the regular season, with the Lady Pioneers topping Cookeville 46-41 on Jan. 20 before falling at home 52-47 two weeks later.

A division winner won't be crowned until Tuesday when Stone Memorial, currently 6-1 in district, travels to face Rhea County (5-2). Stone Memorial won the previous meeting on its homecourt 80-60. If the Lady Panthers were to win, they would await the Warren County - Cookeville victor in the semifinals Saturday.

All district tournament games will be played at Rhea County High School in Dayton. A full preview will be in Friday's Southern Standard.