One bounce for, or one bounce against, and the Lady Pioneers may have been celebrating a season sweep over Cookeville. Instead, coach Shea Panter was left in search of answers as the Warren County girls lost for the sixth straight time Tuesday, falling 52-47 to District 6-AAA rival Cookeville.
"It was a one-point game and we rush a shot and miss and they go down and hit a 3-pointer," said Panter. "It can flip that quick. We've been in reach a lot lately, it just hasn't fallen our way."
Julianne Dunaway's 3-pointer with 1:40 left was a nail in the coffin, as Cookeville went ahead 46-42. Olivia Shipman closed down any comeback attempt by going a perfect 6-for-6 from the line down the stretch.
The loss spoiled senior night for Callie Cathcart. The Lady Pioneers' lone senior scored 10 points, including a 3-pointer that drew Warren County within one early in the fourth quarter.
Warren County had chances late to take the lead, but could never get over the hump. The Lady Pioneers had a turnover with a minute to go, followed by a missed Megan Patch 3-pointer with :30 left.
Tyra Wright led the Lady Pioneers with 13 points, mostly dominating a small Cookeville frontcourt. Wright was at her best early in the second quarter, when she scored on three straight possessions to close a big gap to 18-17 and forced Cookeville to call a timeout.
The Lady Cavaliers used a 1:30 stretch with Wright on the bench midway through the second quarter to rebuild their lead with an 8-0 run.
Cathcart responded with a 3-pointer before Bri Young hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer to send Warren County to locker rooms down 26-25.
Grace Rains finished with nine points, followed by Patch with eight in the loss. Emily Mikkola added three, while Young and Caylie Sherrell chipped in two points apiece.
Warren County plays its final regular season game Friday at White County. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.