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Lady Pioneers take two
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Being at the friendly confines of Warren County Middle School gym seemed to be just the boost the WCMS Lady Pioneer basketball team needed.
After beginning the season with two losses, the Lady Pioneers bounced back to even their record at 2-2 with home wins against Tullahoma West and DeKalb County.
Warren County beat DeKalb County 37-28 in front of the entire student body on Friday. That win followed an opening-night 43-31 victory over Tullahoma West.
The key to victory in both games was the performances by eighth-grader Karagan Turner and seventh-grader Madison Mason.
Turner totaled 35 points in the two victories while Mason was consistent with 11 points in each game.
In the day game against DeKalb County, Turner got the Lady Pioneers off to a fast start by scoring five points in the first period. Mason and Lindsey Cox also added baskets as Warren County led 9-3 after the first quarter.
Mason began to take over the game in the second period. The Lady Pioneer point guard attacked the paint, putting pressure on the Lady Saint defense.
The journeys into the teeth of the defense resulted in two layups and six free throws. Mason missed opportunities at the charity stripe, making only one.
Allison Hitchcock, Livia Walker and Saydee Winfree each made shots in the second as Warren County went into the locker rooms leading 20-11.
Mason continued to power the Lady Pioneer offense after the break. With the Lady Saints in catch-up mode and pressing, Mason navigated the opposing defense on several occasions to get Warren County in its offense.
Mason dished out assists to Cox, Hitchcock and Walker while scoring four points of her own as the Lady Pioneers took a double-digit lead, 30-19, into the final quarter.
DeKalb County chipped into the lead early in the fourth, even drawing within five on two occasions, but Turner was too powerful down the stretch.
Turner scored all seven of the Lady Pioneer points in the fourth quarter and was unstoppable in the post. Turner scored on three straight possessions midway through the fourth, including an and-1 basket to effectively end the Lady Saint rally. Warren County withstood a few late misses by DeKalb County to prevail by nine and even its record at 2-2.
Thursday’s result was much like the fourth quarter from Friday. Turner battered the Tullahoma defense to the tune of 23 points and 19 rebounds.
Turner saved her best for last as she scored 13 points after halftime as Warren County came back from 21-17 at the break to win 43-31.
Mason added 11 points in the victory, followed by four from Winfree, three from Larissa Lopez and two from Walker.