The high school Lady Pioneers found a tougher opponent in Woodbury than they faced 50 days before at the Dalt. The Lady Pioneers won the first matchup 60-33.
Thursday night in Woodbury, the Lionettes of Cannon County were more competitive in a losing effort to the Lady Pioneers, 65-60. The win Thursday gives Warren County a 6-4 record for the season, which is three times as many wins as the Lady Pioneers had all of last season.
Sophomore Mia Hobbs led the youth movement for the Lady Pioneers with 17 points. Sophomore Kyra Perkins contributed 11 points and freshman Sable Winfree put up 11 as well. These three Lady Pioneers led the team in scoring, which bodes well for the future. It was a strong team effort as both senior Erica Cantrell and sophomore Shelby Smartt had 7 points.
WCHS coach Anthony Lippe rotated a lot of players. Each group appeared to have certain advantages. The Lady Pioneers never took a commanding lead in contrast to the first meeting at the Dalt in November.
The Lady Pioneers were down 16-15 after the first quarter and led by 6 at halftime, 32-26. The Lionettes tied it up after three quarters, 45-45. Warren County had its most productive quarter in the last quarter, scoring 20 points for a 5-point victory.
Coach Lippe said, “We were definitely glad to pick up the win. It wasn’t pretty, but the girls showed a lot of grit down the stretch. As far as the rotation, we just got in foul trouble early and had to go to our bench. Overall, I’m very proud of the way they came together as a team late in the game.”
It should be noted Mia Hobbs had a total game. She was aggressive defensively and offensively, as well as on the boards. Hobbs took the ball to the hoop often for the high percentage shot, and she was 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Hobbs made all four of her free throws in the fourth quarter when the Lady Pioneers needed every point.
The top scorer for Cannon County was Shelby Smithson with 21. Smithson made four 3-point shots in the first quarter and had a total of 14 points to boost Cannon County to an early lead. Belba Pelham had 17 for the Lionettes; 7 of Pelham’s points were from the free-throw line. Pelham was fouled several times in the paint shooting close-range shots.
This week Warren County basketball continues district play on the road Tuesday at Rhea County and Friday at Cookeville.
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WCHS Lady Pioneers 65
Cannon County Lionettes 60
WCHS Lady Pioneers
Mia Hobbs 17, Sable Winfree 11, Kyra Perkins 11, Shelby Smartt 7, Erica Cantrell 7, Lia Wright 4, Jaden Smartt 3, Kam Nowlin 3, Brielee Kelsey 2