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Lady Pioneers lose nailbiter
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The Warren County Lady Pioneers were seeking revenge Tuesday when they made the long ride to Rhea County, but fate would have other plans for the Lady Pioneers. The Rhea County Lady Golden Eagles would come back in dramatic fashion to hold off the Lady Pioneers and defeat them by a final score of 46-43.
Lady Pioneer Brittany Myers led Warren County in scoring with 16 points.
Going into the halftime break Warren County held a 24-15 lead, but the Lady Golden Eagles would put the Warren County offense in a vice in the third quarter. Saydee Winfree and Marlee Smith were the only two Lady Pioneers to create any offense coming out in the second half.
Said WCHS coach Shea Panter, “We started off confident, we shifted well on defense and shared the ball on offense in the first half. I’m not sure what is going on with us after halftime. We allowed Rhea County to get back in the game and went point for point in the fourth and we allow good players to do what they do best. Levi has gotten us twice by making the game-winning shot.”
After a relatively quiet first half, Warren County allowed Lady Golden Eagle Amber Levi to heat up in the third quarter. Levi found the range in the second half by shooting and hitting on two occasions from behind the 3-point line to lead the charge for Rhea County. It forced Warren County to spread the floor which freed up other Lady Golden Eagles.
The Lady Golden Eagles had scored as many points in the third quarter as they did the previous two quarters and at the end of the third quarter Warren County suddenly found itself down by a single point, 30-29.
Lady Pioneer Brittany Myers found her range late in the game, connecting from beyond the 3-point line. Myers was not going down without a fight. Elsa Eckenrod and Smith would add to Warren County’s point total in the final period.
More than points, Warren County needed stops on defense and just could not stop the Lady Golden Eagles from scoring.
A total of four Lady Golden Eagles would find their way to the rim and score late in the game for Rhea County. Levi again led the charge followed by Shelby Thurman and Micayla Keel. Levi only scored in the fourth by way of two 3-pointers, both at critical times.
Warren County jumped all over the Lady Golden Eagles to open up the game. Karagan Turner and Madison Mason found points early as well as help from Myers and Winfree from deep to help spread the Lady Golden Eagles defense. Spreading the defense worked and kept Rhea County on its heels much of the first half and at the end of one things looked to be going Warren County’s way with a lead of 18-7.
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Brittany Myers 16, Marlee Smith 10, Saydee Winfree 6, Karagan Turner 5, Madison Mason 4, Elsa Eckenrod 2
LADY GOLDEN EAGLE TOP SCORERS – Amber Levi 18, Jesse Wallis 11, Shelby Thurman 9