The losing skid for the Lady Pioneers continued at Livingston Academy Thursday night.
Warren County fell on the road 69-34, its eighth straight loss to start the season. The Lady Pioneers fell behind 31-2 at one point in the first half, again struggling from the opening tip.
“We just have to do a better job of being mentally prepared. We had 18 turnovers in the first half, then improved to only three in the second half,” said first-year coach Anthony Lippe. “Being a young team, we don’t have much room for error. We have to limit our unforced turnovers and execute on offense.”
Beth Vaughn had the team’s lone points in the first 12 minutes, getting an early layup off a putback to make it 6-2. From there, Livingston Academy went on a 25-0 run to put the game away.
Vaughn and freshman Shelby Smartt finished with nine points apiece to lead the Lady Pioneers. Fellow freshman Kyra Perkins came off the bench in the second half to score seven points, continuing a youth movement as Lippe continues to look for answers offensively.
Currently, the new coach is trying to find some spark while focusing on small successes that can be sustained.
“I’ve gotten a lot of advice lately from people close to me and the common phrase that keeps coming up is, ‘keep rowing the boat.’ With our young team that has to be the focus – getting better each day and building the culture. Eventually, we want to reap the benefits we sow,” said Lippe.
Also scoring for the Lady Pioneers Thursday was Lia Wright with four, Rudy DeArmond and Rhealee Johnson with two points each and Jaden Smartt with one.
Warren County played without senior Hallie Jo Pennington, who went down with a knee injury during last week’s home game against Tullahoma. Pennington is hopeful to return before the end of the season.
The Lady Pioneers will be back in action Monday against Cannon County. Action tips off at 6 p.m. at Charlie Dalton Gym.