The Warren County Middle School girls basketball team didn’t play its best game Monday night, but the Lady Pioneers did enough to keep their perfect season intact.
Warren County battled Irving College in a low-scoring game, one the Lady Pioneers prevailed in 17-12.
The Lady Pioneers and Lady Tigers were ready for round two when they stepped on the court Monday night at Warren County Middle School gym. Warren County had handed the Lady Tigers a loss five days prior and the Irving College girls wanted to return the favor.
A fast start by the Lady Pioneers foiled Irving College’s revenge though. Warren County raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter behind baskets from Kaylee Chisam, Marah Wanamaker, Lexie Chadwell and Kyra Hillis.
The Lady Tigers were able to cut the lead in half right before the end of the quarter with buckets from Cassity Wanamaker and Callie Cathcart, but Irving College faced an uphill battle the rest of the way.
The free-throw line provided the only offense for both teams in the second quarter as the teams combined to score three points. Chadwell sank one free throw for Warren County while Candace Wanamaker hit two for the Lady Tigers to cut the lead to 9-6 going into the locker rooms.
Chadwell and Kelsey Fults each connected from the field early in the third quarter to give Warren County some breathing room, but the Lady Tigers answered back with a bucket from Cathcart and two free throws from Cheslee Curtis.
The Lady Pioneers clung to a three-point lead entering the fourth and their defense would make the lead hold up.
Irving College was held to just one basket in the fourth quarter, a shot by Caylie Sherrell, while Chisam and Shonacye Rutledge each hit shots to push the Lady Pioneers to 9-0.
Chadwell finished with a game-high five points for Warren County. Chisam, the league’s leading scorer, was held to four points after scoring in double figures the last three games. Wanamaker, Rutledge, Hillis and Fults added two points each.
Cathcart scored four points as Irving College fell to 4-4. Curtis, Sherrell, Cassity Wanamaker and Candace Wanamaker chipped in two points apiece.
In other elementary action, the Centertown Lady Warriors snapped an eight-game losing streak by defeating the Morrison Lady Eagles 12-10.
Centertown got game-clinching free throws from Abigail Mathis and Allison Cripps in the fourth quarter to hold off a comeback attempt from Tyra Wright and the Lady Eagles.
Cripps led the Lady Warriors with five points, followed by four from Page Duke and three from Mathis.
Wright scored seven points for the Lady Eagles, five coming in the second half. Addyson Crouch was the only other Morrison player to score, finishing with three as the team fell to 2-6.