The Lady Pioneers are putting the pieces in place in hopes of rejuvenating their high school basketball program.
Warren County got a first-hand look at a state power Thursday night when Pickett County paid a visit to Charlie Dalton Gym for Senior Night.
Pickett County was simply overpowering in beating the Lady Pioneers, 64-28.
The win improves Pickett County to 25-2 on the season. Both losses are to Clarkrange. Warren County falls to 2-23.
Beth Vaughn was the top scorer for Warren County with 9. Shelby Smartt added 6.
It was supposed to be the last home game for four Warren County seniors, but the Lady Pioneers played at home Saturday night in a rescheduled game against Rhea County. Results were not available at press time.
It was evident from the start Thursday would be a rough Senior Night. Behind a pressure defense and sharp perimeter shooting, Pickett County raced out to an 18-4 lead.
The Lady Pioneers continued to battle the rest of the way, including causing a few headaches with backcourt pressure of their own, but Warren County never seriously challenged for the lead.
The Lady Pioneers mounted perhaps their best run in the third quarter when they scored seven straight. Cam Nowlin made two free throws that were followed by a Vaughn 3-pointer.
Erica Cantrell then added a bucket when the Lady Pioneers created a steal with their full-court press, led by Nowlin and Lia Wright. That 7-0 run cut the deficit to 42-20.
Warren County could never find offensive consistency and never scored double digits in any quarter. That wasn’t enough to keep pace with Pickett County, which plays basketball like a track team.
Kyndal Ludick was the top scorer for Pickett County with 17. Shayla Wood added 15.
Other Warren County scorers were Cantrell with 4, Brielee Kelsey, Jaden Smartt, Nowlin and Wright with 2 points each and Rudy DeArmond with 1.