On Tuesday night, the Warren County Lady Pioneers would try to avenge their previous home loss to the district-rival Warriorettes, this time in White County.
The Lay Pioneers made a strong run, but fell just short in losing 58-53.
The Lady Pioneers dropped to 15-14 following the loss while retaining fifth in the District 6-AAA standings at 2-5. White County kept its district mark unblemished at 7-0 and moved to 22-2 overall.
Coach Shea Panter said, “I feel like we played with the attitude that we could win this game. They played with confidence. We have been looking for that to come out for some time now.”
Karagan Turner led the Lady Pioneers in scoring by dropping in 16 points against the very aggressive White County defense.
Opening the third quarter, the Lady Pioneers looked flat and they had a very tough first few minutes to find a way to score to start the second half. It looked as though maybe Warren County had spent its energy keeping pace with White County in the first half.
Halfway through the third quarter and still no points, coach Panter called timeout to slow White County’s pace and to get her team on the same page. White County’s lead was 13 points and out of the timeout Warren County went straight to the basket and scored, breaking the 9-0 scoring run of White County, 39-28.
White County turned the ball over and the Lady Pioneers raced back and chip into the lead again. It was 39-30 with 2:00 to play in the third quarter. Warren County fouled White County on a 3-point shot and the Warriorette hit all three with 1:00 remaining in the third.
A Marlee Smith three-point play would end the third quarter with White County ahead 44-35.
Warren County scored quick back-to-back baskets to open the fourth quarter and suddenly it was 44-39. The Lady Pioneers showed early in the fourth they still had a fight. White County stopped the momentum scoring inside 46-39.
After a couple of unsuccessful trips down the floor White County was back on top with 3:40 to play by a score of 51-41. Saydee Winfree would hit free throws late in the game and Brittany Myers would score, but the clock was working against the Lady Pioneers.
White County led 58-51 after Elsa Eckenrod hit two free throws with under a minute to play. Warren County fouled White County and for the first time Tuesday night a Warriorette missed both free throws. Turner for the Lady Pioneers would score with :04 to make the score a final 58-53.
Warren County stayed very close considering the long-range assault by Emilee Howard. Howard connected on five 3-pointers in the first half. Warren County did not find the range from behind the arch after many attempts. The turnover total was costly in the first three quarters for Warren County -- 21 turnovers in the first three quarters and zero turnovers in the fourth.
Coach Panter added, “Our turnovers were once again our Achilles heel in a heartbreaking loss. However it is encouraging to see during crunch time the girls have the attitude we can play with anyone.”
Warren County will be in Cookeville tonight with a tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Karagan Turner 16, Saydee Winfree 9, Marlee Smith 9, Brittany Myers 8, Elsa Eckenrod 6, Kristen Rowland 3, Allison Hitchcock 2
WARRIORETTE TOP SCORERS – Emilee Howard 22, Alex Lewis 12