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Lady Pioneers snap losing skid
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Seniors Lauren Wilkinson and Bree Smith were 3-years-old the last time the Warren County High School girls basketball team won in Cookeville. Freshman Bri Melton had yet to see her first birthday.But the trio of Lady Pioneers helped snap a 15-year losing streak in Cookeville Friday night when Warren County defeated the Lady Cavaliers on their home court 41-35.Wilkinson, who topped the 1,500-point mark in the Lady Pioneers’ home loss to Cumberland County, scored a team-high 14 points while Smith added 12 and Melton tallied nine.Going into Friday’s game with identical 1-6 records in District 6-AAA and knowing the two teams would play again six days later, the only motivator the teams had were streaks.Cookeville hadn’t lost to Warren County on its home court since 1997 but the Lady Pioneers entered Friday’s contest on a three-game winning streak over the Lady Cavaliers. Warren County was able to move its streak to four behind streaky outside shooting and holding off a late charge by the Lady Cavaliers.Wilkinson got the ball rolling early as she drained a pair of 3-pointers in the game’s first five minutes.