The WCHS Lady Pioneer basketball team faced some of the best teams in the state this past week at MTSU Basketball Camp and emerged with a 4-1 record.
The loss was one of the most spectacular games of all.
The Lady Pioneers took Blackman to the buzzer in suffering a 42-41 setback. Blackman is expected to be one of the top girls teams in Tennessee.
Warren County should be pretty good too with six of its top seven players returning from last year’s memorable squad that was the best Lady Pioneer team in more than 20 years.
Against Blackman, Warren County was up by 7 points in the third quarter. The Lady Pioneers were still up by 1 in the final minute when Blackman made two free throws to go ahead 42-41.
Warren County worked theballaroundandlaunched a quality 3-pointer at the buzzer but the shot didn’t fall and Blackman escaped.
“We have some really talented girls who are capable of competing with the best,” said Lippe. “We wanted to play the best to evaluate where we are and I think this shows we’re capable of competing with anybody.”
Lippe didn’t want to single out any players individually, instead stressing the team as a whole.
“Everyone we put on the floor can shoot it,” said Lippe. “We’re not afraid to make the extra pass to set up a teammate. I’m pleased with the effort and intensity. There’s a way you have to play to be competitive and we’re reaching that level.”
Warren County began the week with two wins Monday. The Lady Pioneers beat Pickett County handily, 70-44, and followed that with a 46-27 win over Farragut.
On Tuesday, the Lady Pioneers lost to Blackman.
The team returned Friday and started the day by beating Page by 15 points, 58-43. The final game of the camp was a 47-34 win over a Rockvale team that’s expected to be tough.
The schedule remains full this coming week for Warren County girls basketball. The team has a two-day camp Monday and Tuesday in Lebanon before competing in a one-day camp Friday in Knoxville.