The Lady Wildcats were on the loose at Charlie Dalton Gym on Tuesday night and the Lady Pioneers could not fight off the attack.
Wilson Central owned the first half of the game on both ends of the floor and Warren County could not overcome the insurmountable deficit in the second half. The Lady Wildcats maintained their lead and handed the Lady Pioneers a 69-45 loss.
Lady Wildcat Kendall Spray led all scorers with a game-high 25 points. Spray stepped back and connected five times from beyond the arch and she knocked down 4-of-5 free throws in three quarters.
Elsa Eckenrod was the top scorer for Warren County with 13. Allison Hitchcock added 10.
The timing was off for the Lady Pioneers in the first quarter. Each team traded 3-point shots in the opening minutes of play. Eckenrod was left open from just outside the 3-point line and she made the Lady Wildcat defense pay for the late rotation.
Hitchcock put the ball on the floor and turned the corner on the defense. Hitchcock went baseline and exploded up and over the defender and her reverse layup dropped. Kristen Rowland got free and added a basket from just outside the paint.
At the end of one quarter, the Lady Wildcats led 17-9.
In the second quarter, the Lady Wildcats improved and continued to fire shots over the Lady Pioneers. Spray added two more impressive 3-point shots and a pair of free throws. Anna Altman got herself into the 3-point assault when she fired and hit her mark. Piper Elrod connected on her second three-point shot of the game.
Meanwhile, Warren County searched for some sort of rhythm. Marlee Smith worked hard in the paint to come up with her first two points.
Eckenrod slipped through the defense for a rebound and she quickly fired the ball back up and it dropped. Those two baskets were all the offense for the Lady Pioneer offense and at the half Warren County trailed 40-13.
The Warren County offense settled in after the half and shots started to fall. The Lady Pioneers posted more points in the third quarter than both totals from the previous two quarters combined. Hitchcock spotted up and fired from beyond the arch. She connected on two of her 3-point attempts.
Eckenrod was left open after the defense collapsed and she hit her second 3-pointer since the first period. Marlee Smith got physical in the low post and made good on two attempts against a very aggressive Wildcat defense.
After three complete quarters, Warren County trailed 58-29.
In the final push, the Lady Pioneers needed stops on defense. The effort was not enough to overtake the first-half lead accumulated by Wilson Central.
Callie Cathcart turned the corner on the defense and pushed the ball inside and her shot dropped through as the whistle blew. Cathcart made good on the and-1 attempt. Saydee Winfree and Anna Bain combined on a pair baskets before time expired.
Warren County traded points most of the quarter and in the end Wilson Central defeated the Lady Pioneers, 69-45.
The Lady Pioneers traveled to DeKalb County on Thursday night with results not available at press time.
LADY WILDCAT SCORING – Kendall Spray 25, Addison Byrd 11, Piper Elrod 8, Nathalie Ventura 8, Anna Altman 6, Bailey Kabosy 5, Kathryn Bean 4, Kenadhi Killebrew 2
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Elsa Eckenrod 13, Allison Hitchcock 10, Marlee Smith 8, Jayden Smith 4, Callie Cathcart 3, Anna Bain 3, Saydee Winfree 2, Kristen Rowland 2