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Lady Pioneers stumble to start district schedule
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Friday’s District 6-AAA opener for the Warren County High School girls basketball team was played at Charlie Dalton Gym, but the Coffee County Lady Raiders looked right at home.
The Lady Raiders banked in 3-pointers, got friendly rolls and threw a block party on their way to a 52-26 thumping of the Lady Pioneers.
Warren County (12-9) was looking to snap a losing streak that dated back to 2003 to Coffee County when the game tipped off Friday, but the Lady Raiders quickly showed why they have dominated the Lady Pioneers in the past.
Not only did Warren County struggle to score to begin the game, going five minutes without a point, the Lady Pioneers were busy dodging their own shots most of the time.
With Ginny Claiborne and Alaina Lusk patrolling the paint, the Lady Pioneers had seven of their shots swatted in the first half.
Coffee County rolled off 10 straight points to begin the game before junior Jessie Newby came off the bench and scored on a layup set up by a Camerie Martin pass.
Sophomore Bri Melton followed with a layup while being fouled. The ensuing free throw cut the Coffee County lead in half, but Warren County couldn’t sustain the momentum.
The Lady Raiders closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run, including Katie Reid banking in a 3-pointer before the buzzer to put Coffee County in front 17-5.
Senior Megan Dishman gave the Lady Pioneers a boost to begin the second quarter. Dishman scored on the block on back-to-back possession, bringing the deficit below double digits.
The Lady Raiders responded with another big run to push the lead back to double digits and keep Warren County at bay.
Camerie Martin sandwiched two free throws and a layup around another banked in 3-pointer by Coffee County as the Lady Pioneers went to halftime trailing 28-13.
Things only got worse for the Lady Pioneers after halftime. Coffee County outscored Warren County 16-6 in the third quarter to build its lead to 25 points. Melton, senior Rachel Nokes and freshman Marlee Smith scored two points each for the Lady Pioneers in the period.
Melton wrapped up her eight-point night with three quick points to start the final quarter before coach Baird emptied the bench and played his young Lady Pioneers.
Freshman Saydee Winfree got the team’s last basket with a jumper from the wing to keep the deficit below 30 points.
Warren County hopes to get back to its winning ways this Friday when the team visits White County. The Lady Pioneers will face the Warriorettes and the game is set to start at 6 p.m.