Anthony Lippe was faced with a dilemma Friday night. Facing two of the district's premier scorers – Stone Memorial’s Emma Capps and Tessa Miller – he could focus his defense inside and leave outside shooters or not double the duo and hope for the best.
Whatever Lippe decided to do, the Lady Panthers had the answer.
Stone Memorial handed Warren County its sixth straight loss Friday, beating the Lady Pioneers 66-43 in the District 6AAA matchup.
Miller finished with 17 points and Capps added 11, while senior Beth Vaughn led the Lady Pioneers with 16 points.
“We started out very competitive, but Capps and Miller were too much for us,” said Lippe. “We struggled with their size. When you try to take away the paint, they kick it to their shooters and hit 3-pointers. We had to pick our poison because if we went to man, they would just throw it inside.
“They’re a talented team that should go deep in the postseason.”
Helping the dynamic duo for Stone Memorial was Katie Adkisson, who hit four of her team’s nine triples for 12 points. She almost single-handily shot the Lady Pioneers out of their zone defense, which had early success and kept the game close.
Vaughn helped as well.
The senior again showed why she’s earning a reputation as one of the best outside shooters in the league, canning five 3-pointers on her way to another 16-point performance. She’s hopeful the team’s spirited starts to games will expand as the district slate continues.
“We are making big strides. We just have to string four good quarters together,” said Vaughn, who is now up to 10.2 points per game.
Stone Memorial (18-1) seemed to follow the same script as White County did when it beat Warren County three days prior. Once the home team got a handle of Vaughn, the Lady Pioneers couldn’t keep up.
For the second straight game, Vaughn was held scoreless in the second half after getting off to explosive starts. Stone Memorial’s ability to take the Lady Pioneer long-range assassin out of the game turned a 13-point halftime lead (33-20) into a blowout.
Erica Cantrell stepped up with seven points Friday, including her first made 3-pointer. Freshman Mia Hobbs added five, a new high mark as she continues to earn more time on the varsity squad.
Jaden Smartt was next with four, followed by Kyra Perkins with three and Shelby Smartt, Brielee Kelsey, Katy Mae Cantrell and Sydney Burger with two points apiece.
The Lady Pioneers will look to snap their losing streak Tuesday at Rhea County. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. Central.