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WCMS Lady Pioneers win big
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Regin Grissom battles through defenders in a 47-21 win over Tullahoma East.

If Lex Verge pursues basketball in high school, she’ll at least know she can scorch the nets at Charlie Dalton Gym.

The WCMS Lady Pioneer post was dominant in the opening round of the CTC tournament Wednesday, dropping 16 points to lead her team to a 47-21 blowout over Tullahoma East.

It was a season-high performance for Verge, who even stepped out and drained two 3-pointers in the first half as the Lady Pioneers took control early. Her shooting from the outside was a bonus, but her domination of the paint has become routine.

Tullahoma East didn’t have an answer for Verge on the block as she opened the game with two quick buckets. She did the same in the second quarter, sparking a 12-2 run that helped the Lady Pioneers build a 31-11 halftime lead. 

By that time, coach Tara Koran was able to rotate her lineups frequently to preserve her starters for what could be three games in three nights at Charlie Dalton Gym.

She saw no dropoff when she turned to the bench, a big boost as the Lady Pioneers set their sights on a CTC crown.

“We had a great team effort. Everybody contributed to the victory,” said Koran. 

Sable Winfree continued her excellent season, scoring 11 points and dishing out dimes to fuel the Lady Pioneer offense. Hailey Simpson added a pair of 3-pointers, including opening the second half with a swish from the corner.

Bri Taylor and Paige Sweeton each finished with five points, followed by Bella Pennington and Kyleigh Ramsey with two points apiece. 

Wednesday’s win advanced Warren County into the semifinals, where the team faced Coffee County Thursday night. Scores were unavailable at press time. Another win would put the Lady Pioneers in the finals of the CTC tournament, which are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.

The Lady Pioneers will also play next week in the Area 6 postseason tournament in Coffee County. WCMS will take on Shelbyville Harris at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21. Warren County can advance to the substate tournament with a pair of wins in next week’s event.