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Lady Pioneers fall to Franklin County
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The close losses are the ones that hurt the most.The Warren County High School girls basketball team nearly rallied back from a double-digit deficit to defeat the Franklin County Lady Rebels, but the Lady Pioneers fell five points short on their comeback as the team lost 42-37 Tuesday at Charlie Dalton Gym.Lady Pioneer coach Erick Baird took the loss hard as he knew his team had a good Franklin County squad on the ropes.“They were exhausted late and we had a few chances to make them play,” said Baird. “It’s a tough one to lose because we had a quality opponent featuring one of the best players in the state within reach. I’m proud of the way the girls didn’t quit and fought for 32 minutes.”It would have been easy for the Lady Pioneers to lay down and accept their third loss in four games when Franklin County built a 15-point lead with 5:05 to play in the third quarter, but Warren County tried to protect its home court.Sophomore Brittany Myers led the charge offensively while junior Jessie Newby accepted the tall task of trying to contain star Lady Rebel forward Danielle Jordan.Myers scored all of her team-high 10 points in the second half as she returned from a two-game absence over the weekend.Myers started the rally with a step-back 3-pointer, then followed by sinking two free throws.