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Lady Pioneers see streak snapped
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Tuesday’s game against the DeKalb County Lady Tigers was supposed to be the first real test for the Warren County High School girls basketball team. The Lady Pioneers probably want a make-up exam after their performance.The Lady Pioneers suffered their first loss of the season, a 49-31 defeat at the hands of a hot-shooting DeKalb County squad.Warren County (4-1) feasted on a favorable early season schedule, but Tuesday’s tussle with the Lady Tigers was when the Lady Pioneers wanted to prove their success wasn’t a fluke.For a half, Warren County looked poised to extend its winning streak to five games, but the Lady Tigers shot the lights out in the third quarter to snap the streak.A 15-0 run in the third quarter, fueled by four 3-pointers, turned a close game into a blowout as the Lady Pioneers couldn’t contain the DeKalb County guards.Lady Pioneer coach Erick Baird knew the Lady Tigers would fire from the outside all game and the hot streak proved to be the difference.“They are a team that will live or die by the three and they lived by it Tuesday,” said Baird. “We’ve got to get better on the defensive end and take advantage of our looks around the rim on offense.”Warren County struck first when Bri Melton sank a 3-pointer to start the game, but DeKalb County answered with a 7-0 run which included two 3-pointers by the home team.Senior Rachel Nokes ended the Lady Tiger surge with a jumper off an assist from Melton, but the Lady Pioneers found themselves trailing 13-9 after the first period.DeKalb County extended its advantage to nine early in the second quarter with another 3-pointer, but the Lady Pioneers fought back with a 5-0 run.