The big question around Warren County for the last week or so was, “How long can the Lady Pioneers sustain their winning streak?”
That was answered Monday night when the Lady Pioneers met up with the Cannon County Lionettes in Woodbury.
Although the game was close the entire distance with several lead changes, it was the Lionettes who would prevail, 52-48. The loss ends Warren County’s winning streak after a 7-0 start.
Leading the Lady Pioneers in scoring was post Karagan Turner with a game-high 19 points. She was the only Warren County player to score in double digits. Saydee Winfree followed with nine.
In the last few games, the Lady Pioneers have gotten out early and been able to run on their opponents. Monday night, that was not the case. Warren County played right into the slow, deliberate pace Cannon County worked hard to establish. Cannon County was content to slow its offense and spread the floor.
Just as Cannon County drove the lanes to collapse the Lady Pioneer defense, the guards would kick the ball out to an open Lionette for an open 3-point shot, hitting three in the first quarter alone. By the end of first quarter Cannon County was out to an early 13-8 lead.
WCHS coach Shea Panter would challenge her defense, and it would rise to the occasion in the second quarter, with Turner providing the spark on offense.
Late in the second quarter, Cannon County had opportunity to take the lead back but the Lionettes were called for over the back, sending Brittany Myers to the line. With Myers connecting on both, Warren County would head to halftime up by three, 22-19.
Winfree got the third quarter started with a deep 3-point shot. It was like a heavyweight fight after that with both teams trying for the knockout before the fourth.
Heading into the final quarter, the score was knotted at 32. Cannon County tried to burn some clock, forcing the Lady Pioneers to foul and send Cannon County to the line.
Warren County needed another plan, because the Lionettes were 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.
Just as soon as Cannon looked to be pulling away with the lead, it was Elsa Eckenrod who cut the lead to four. Timeout was called with 1:02 and Warren County would need every bit of that time. The Lady Pioneers fouled immediately to send Cannon County back to the line. Once again, the Lionettes would go 2-for-2, putting the Lionettes up 50-46 with :31 to play.
With :21 to play, Winfree would knock down a 3-point shot cutting the lead to three. Coach Panter calls for time to talk it over. Warren County is down 51-48 as Cannon brings the ball up the floor. The Lionettes take a timeout and gather themselves.
Immediately after the inbounds play, Warren County fouls. Cannon County hits 1-of-2 to go up by four. That would stand as the final margin as the Lady Pioneers couldn’t score again.
Lady Pioneer scoring - Karagan Turner 19, Saydee Winfree 9, Elsa Eckenrod 8, Allison Hitchcock 5, Brittany Myers 4, Madison Mason 3.
Lionette scoring - Erin McReynolds 17, Kendra Maynard 12, Kristen Hale 9.