It could have been worse for the Lady Pioneers Tuesday night at the Dalt.
Still missing their tall post Tyra Wright and Rylan Moore due to injuries, Warren County took on its toughest district rival, Cumberland County, falling to the Lady Jets, 90-57.
Considering Cumberland County scored 110 points against Rhea County, things didn’t go that badly for the Lady Pioneers.
Up until the second half, the Lady Pioneers played great basketball, 40-31, at the break. Then the Lady Jets pulled out their full-court press and tuned up on Warren County with an increase in forced turnovers which they capitalized on, outscoring the Lady Pioneers 50-26 in the second half.
“We just ran out of gas,” said Warren County Lady Pioneer head coach Shea Panter. “We put up a good defense and can beat the press but we didn’t have the offense. I don’t mind it as much when we play hard and don’t get a win over a team like this.”
Warren County is still seeking its first district win, winding up in the basement (0-5) heading into the second half of season play.
The Lady Jets did measurably better on the charity stripe as well, hitting 16-of-23 foul shots for 70 percent, while Warren County was 6-of-15 for 40 percent.
Lady Pioneer Megan Patch hit four treys and a field goal for 14 points leading the scoring drive for Warren County. She was followed closely by Rae Anna Hodges who did more damage in the paint with one 3-pointer and 12 total points.
The Lady Jet Gracee Dishman was a force to be reckoned with, scoring 32 points.
Heading on the road to play a rematch with White County on Friday, the Lady Pioneers want to dish out a victory in Sparta. Game time is 6 p.m.
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