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Needing a victory
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Kam Nowlin and the Lady Pioneers will be looking for their first district win Friday at home against the Lady Cavaliers. - photo by Jeffery Simmons
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Beth Vaughn has stepped up offensively for the Lady Pioneers, scoring six points in each of the team's last three games.

The Lady Pioneers have the chance to let out three years of frustration against Cookeville Friday night at Charlie Dalton Gym.

Warren County is approaching three years since its last District 6AAA home win, which came Feb. 5, 2016 against Rhea County. The Lady Cavaliers may be the perfect opponent for the streak to finally get snapped.

The Lady Pioneers won 2-of-3 against Cookeville last year, including ending the Lady Cavaliers’ season in last year’s district tournament. The lone loss came at home, where Cookeville edged Warren County 52-47.

The Lady Pioneers avenged that loss 10 days later, beating Cookeville 52-42 in the opening round of the district tournament. It’s one the team remembers fondly, especially senior Tyra Wright.

When asked in August her favorite moment as a Lady Pioneer, the Charleston Southern commit didn’t hesitate.

“That play-in game when I made Chloe Grace (Savage) sit down,” Wright recalled, referencing her fouling out the all-district Cookeville post, “I loved that.”

Wright had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in that win. She’ll get to renew her rivalry with Savage Friday night.

Savage carried the Lady Cavaliers in their recent 64-49 victory over White County, which improved the team to 16-6 overall and 1-1 in district play. Savage scored 20 points against the Warriorettes, just days after being held to 10 in a 61-54 loss at Rhea County. 

Warren County (9-12) enters the clash 0-2 in the district following Tuesday’s 70-57 loss at Rhea County. The Lady Pioneers were tied 33-33 with the Lady Eagles at halftime, but allowed a huge run in the third quarter that changed the game.

Wright was tops on the team with 14 points against Rhea County, while senior Emily Mikkola hit two early 3-pointers on her way to a season-high 10 points.

Macy Welch scored 23 points in the win, though Haley Cameron’s 19 points – 16 in the second half – are what stood out to Lady Pioneer coach Shea Panter.

“We came out fighting. They tied it up at half after some miscommunication on defense,” said Panter. “In the third quarter, we forgot the scout on Cameron and she took over.”

Panter is hopeful when the lights come on Friday, the Lady Pioneers are ready for a fight against Cookeville.

“We have to believe in our plan and refuse to fall asleep,” said Panter. “I think if we start off strong and continue to have people step up, we will get our first district win.”

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Charlie Dalton Gym.