With the TSSAA mandated dead period beginning Friday, coach Erick Baird wanted to get as much time as possible on the court for his Warren County High School girls basketball team in June. The Lady Pioneers have been all across the state in the last two weeks, including making stops at Lee University, Tennessee Tech and Middle Tennessee State University.
Team camps have been vital for the Lady Pioneers, who will be trying to replace two seniors and their leading scorer from a year ago. Coach Baird feels like the camps have gone well and his team will enter the dead period on a high note.
“We’ve been doing really good,” said Baird. “We’ve played some good teams and held our own while picking up 18 victories along the way. This is all about building team chemistry and we’ve done that really well.”
Going into Thursday’s afternoon action at MTSU, the Lady Pioneers had amassed an 18-7 record at four different camps. The latest victory for Warren County came Thursday morning when the Lady Pioneers defeated Clay County at MTSU.
The win was a thrilling one as upcoming junior Brittany Myers banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Pioneers a two-point victory.
Warren County spent Wednesday in Shelbyville where they faced Wilson Central, Shelbyville and several other opponents throughout the day.
Last week, coach Baird took his team to Cookeville to attend Tennessee Tech camp and Cleveland for camp at Lee University.
The two weeks of non-stop basketball action have kept coach Baird and his squad busy and the dead period could be a welcome sight for some.
“We’ve had 10 days of fun times,” said Baird. “We’ve went hard and played well. I think we probably deserve a little break.”
The Lady Pioneers will resume offseason conditioning following the mandatory dead period. The first day the Lady Pioneers can start practice for the 2013-14 season is Monday, Oct. 28.