Plagued by injuries this season, the Lady Pioneers tried several lineups to combat Cumberland County’s offense Monday night in a snow makeup game.
Unfortunately, Warren County couldn’t gain much traction in Crossville, falling to the Lady Jets, 76-42.
“When we had the right combination in together we were able to compete,” said Lady Pioneer coach Shea Panter. “We got them out of their full-court press faster than I have ever seen. We took the opportunity to play several different groups to get everyone’s head in the game and be focused for Thursday. Thursday is really all that’s been on my mind since Sunday.”
Thursday begins district tournament play as Warren County will play No. 3-seeded Cookeville in round one. WCHS will host the tournament this year.
The Lady Pioneers have been without Shae Hodges the last two games, who has been key working inside and grabbing boards, senior Rylan Moore since early in the season, and they have played a few games without tall post Tyra Wright, all due to injuries. Wright has since returned.
Nine players posted points for Warren County with Wright hitting a team-high 11 points.
Lady Jet Gracee Dishman continued to find the lane against the Lady Pioneers. Dishman scored 28 points and had 34 points the last time the two teams met.
Adding points to the total tally for Warren County were Bri Young with 7 points, Rachel Johnson 6, Elsa Eckenrod and Anna Bain 4 points each, Caylie Sherrell and Megan Patch 3, and Kaylee Chisam and Grace Rains both scored 2 points.
Thursday’s Lady Pioneer game begins at 6 p.m.