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Random Thoughts - Lady Pioneers win thriller
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NO. 1 I have not witnessed a more exciting Lady Pioneer basketball game in the past year than I did this past weekend at Whitwell. The Lady Pioneers were playing two Hall of Fame games that day, the first one was against Notre Dame from Chattanooga. 

Warren County was down by 9 points at halftime and 8 points going into the final quarter. Determination and relentless perseverance by the Lady Pioneers turned what could have been a sloppy loss into something special. I became a believer in Shelby Smartt as a clutch scorer on Saturday during the game. She made critical baskets that tied the game, and she made two free throws that won the game in overtime when the game was on the line. Kyra Perkins also made two big free throws that sent the game into overtime. 

No. 2 Notre Dame clearly wanted to win the game as badly as Warren County. The difference was the incessant trapping defense the Lady Pioneers put on Notre Dame in the second half. The hustle of all five Lady Pioneers on defense made a difference. If one girl had slacked, the defense would have fallen apart. Without the full team effort on defense, Kyra and Shelby’s baskets would not have been gamechangers. 

No. 3 Anyone who does not go to both the girls and boys high school basketball games this season will be missing a great double feature. I am not sure what these teams’ records will be this season, but they hustle and are fun to watch.

No. 4 The County 5-6 Championships ended last week, and the champions from District 1 and District 2 met Friday night with the girls game at Eastside and the boys game taking place at Centertown. Putting the games together in one facility like the high school or Milner Recreation Center would give the kids playing the games a bigger, more exciting environment. In terms of exposure, the games would have more fans.

No. 5 All of the high school scores and other scores that I can get my hands on will be posted on the Southern Standard Scoreboard at our website,, and on our app as well. The scores can be viewed for free, and are often available before the newspaper is published.

SOUTHERN STANDARD ON SPORTS is a video show that I host. The show features high school coaches and players. Heath Griffith, McMinnville’s Shelter Insurance agent, is sponsoring the show, and Heath is giving everyone a chance to win 2 free tickets to Titans home games. You can receive a free Titans cup for simply stopping by his office. Go see Heath, he is Don Griffith’s boy, a hometown guy.