Winter weather could be sweeping into the region this weekend, but an extended cold spell found the Lady Pioneers early. Warren County was held to only two points in the fourth quarter Monday as it fell to Cannon County 55-45.
Warren County (7-5) was cruising along in Cannon County, poised to sweep the season series with the Lady Lions. With junior Tyra Wright dominating in the post, Warren County built an early double-digit lead. By halftime, the towering Lady Pioneer post had powered her way to 14 points.
Cannon County made sure she wouldn't score any more.
The Lady Lions shifted their defensive focus after halftime, when they turned a 32-24 defecit into a resounding win. Wright was swarmed the entire second half, seeing Lady Lions attacking from all directions.
Without an option on the block to buoy the scoring, the Lady Pioneers saw their lead slip away.
Making matters worse for the visitors, Maleah Scott found her stroke in the second half and couldn't miss. Scott scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the second half, looking determined to carry Cannon County to a win.
Bri Young did her best to try to get the Lady Pioneer offense on track after Scott stole the show. Young scored seven of her nine points in the third quarter, most coming in the final two minutes. Young hit a 3-poiner, attacked the rim for a layup and went to the foul line, where she sank both.
Even with Young providing a spurt, Warren County went into the fourth quarter with its double-digit lead from teh first half erased. Cannon County led 46-43 going into the fourth quarter, which was all the lead the home team would ultimately need.
Warren County couldn't solve its offensive woes in the final period. With every missed shot and turnover by the Lady Pioneers, Cannon County grew its lead. Grace Rains tallied Warren County's only points in the fourth quarter, scoring on a layup.
Senior Callie Cathcart added 8 points in the loss for the Lady Pioneers, who beat Cannon County at home Nov. 21 on a last-second runner by Megan Patch. Patch was held to 5 points in the rematch, while Rains scored 4. Emily Mikkola hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter for her only points, while Rhealee Johnson parlayed her first significant varsity action into a bucket in the second quarter.