Still fuming after suffering its worst loss of the season Tuesday, the Warren County High School girls team got to take out some of its frustration Thursday in Grundy County.
Led by three seniors in double figures, the Lady Pioneers pounded the Lady Jackets 65-33 on the road. The victory completed a season sweep of Grundy County while improving the team’s record to 9-11.
Megan Patch canned six 3-pointers on her way to 18 points, while fellow seniors Caylie Sherrell and Tyra Wright scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. The blowout came less than 48 hours after Warren County fell 54-28 in its district opener against Stone Memorial.
“We were very excited. Several people came in and stepped up in a big way,” said coach Shea Panter. “Our defense was aggressive, causing several turnovers. With the combination of a tough defense and good shooting night, we were able to get a good team win on the road.”
Patch was hot coming off the bus, scorching the Lady Jackets with three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Her shooting expo gave Warren County a 15-7 lead after the first quarter - an advantage which would only grow as the game went on.
The lead swelled to 36-13 by halftime, with Beth Vaughn coming off the bench to score five of her six points in the second quarter. Sherrell added seven points in the period.
Patch buried two more 3-pointers after the break before watching the fourth quarter from the bench. Warren County was ahead 51-19 going into the final eight minutes.
Freshman Jaden Smartt saw extensive action late and responded with a five-point period. For the game, 10 Lady Pioneers were able to get into the scoring column.
Grace Rains, the team’s leading scorer this season, was held to just six points in limited minutes. Lia Wright, Emily Mikkola and Bri Young scored two points apiece, while Kam Nowlin had one.
The Lady Pioneers will hope to carry the momentum into their next matchup at Rhea County.
“We are going to use our next practices to build off that win and prepare for Rhea. The goal is go there and steal one from them on their home court,” said Panter.
Warren County’s road matchup with the Lady Eagles is set for 5 p.m. Central Tuesday.