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Lady Pioneers' season ends
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The district tournament is supposed to clean every team’s slate and give each team an equal chance at a championship, but Saturday’s game at Cookeville felt like another impossible road game for the Warren County High School girls basketball team.The Lady Pioneers faced the host school Saturday and the Lady Cavaliers used a big second half to rout Warren County 62-36 in the opening round of the District 6-AAA tournament.Warren County (17-15) had visions of being the Cinderella story in Cookeville, but drawing the Lady Cavaliers in its first matchup proved to be a nightmare scenario. Playing in the friendly confines of Cookeville gym, Sydney Merek and Sydney Bean combined for 37 points to lead the Lady Cavaliers to a huge win over Warren County.Coach Erick Baird thought Merek – Cookeville’s senior post who finished with a game-high 19 points – was the key to the Lady Cavaliers’ second-half push.“I thought we played well in the first half, but Marek's strong play in the post during the second half was a factor in the loss. We had to double down and Cookeville’s guards did a good job of knocking down shots on the perimeter,” said Baird.Warren County lost 38-36 in overtime at Cookeville during the regular season, but Saturday’s matchup wouldn’t be another showdown until the final seconds.The Lady Pioneers relied on sophomore Allison Hitchcock early in the game to keep the team afloat.