With 1:34 to play in the fourth quarter, the Lady Pioneers pulled to within two points of the Lady Cavs at 42-40 and Cookeville called for timeout.
The Lady Cavs dominated the final 90 seconds after the timeout and Cookeville defeated Warren County, 48-40, Friday night at Charlie Dalton Gym.
Despite the loss, Lady Pioneer Allison Hitchcock led all scorers with a game-high 14 points. She connected four times from behind the arch for 12 of her 14 and all of her points came in the second half.
The Lady Pioneers made a run late in the fourth quarter and it was sparked with a deep 3-point shot by Hitchcock after she slipped free from the Cookeville defense. Warren County trailed 41-34 with 2:42 to play.
Toiya Gwynn from Cookeville wasted no time and responded when she drove straight to the rim on the next possession. She shot 1-of-2 and Cookeville led 42-34.
Freshman Megan Patch made her way into the corner. She took the pass and squared up to the basket and fired behind the 3-point line and buried the jumper. Warren County trailed 42-37 with under 2:00 to play.
The Lady Cavs threw the ball away and Warren County hurried upcourt and found Marlee Smith in the low post. Smith made a strong move and she was fouled as the shot dropped through. Smith completed the three-point play and Warren County trailed 42-40.
Little did the Lady Pioneers know it was the last points of the game for them and Cookeville immediately called timeout.
It was Gwynn for Cookeville who drove straight to the basket for the second consecutive time. She was fouled and she shot 2-for-2 on her free-throw attempts and Cookeville led 44-40.
The Lady Pioneer offense hurried down the floor and went inside the Cookeville defense. The shot fell off the rim and the Lady Cavaliers rebounded. Warren County was forced to foul with :51 to play.
Courtney Savage stepped up and knocked down both free throws and Cookeville led 46-40.
Warren County inbounded the ball and the clock ran. The Lady Pioneers lost the handle for a split second and the ball went out of bounds, back to Cookeville.
The Lady Pioneers were forced to foul and Sydney Bean hit 1-of-2 and Cookeville led 47-40.
Back-to-back turnovers by the Lady Pioneers sent Bean back to the free-throw line. Again she hit 1-of-2 and the Cookeville lead was 48-40 with :28 to play.
Warren County had one last chance to score and the shot missed as the final buzzer sounded. The Lady Cavaliers held on and defeated the Lady Pioneers, 48-40.
The Lady Pioneers suffered their seventh straight loss. Warren County played Cumberland County Saturday night with results not available at press time. The Lady Pioneers play at Siegel on Monday before returning home to face Rhea County on Friday with game time scheduled for 6 p.m.
LADY CAVALIER SCORING – Sydney Bean 13, Megan Whitson 12, Toyia Gwynn 11, Heidi Smith 6, Courtney Savage 4, Riley Masters 2
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Allison Hitchcock 14, Elsa Eckenrod 9, Marlee Smith 5, Kristen Rowland 4, Saydee Winfree 3, Megan Patch 3, Rylan Moore 2.