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Roughed up by Rhea County
Lady Pioneers struggle to find offensive rhythm
Warren County High School Lady Pioneer Emily Mikkola fights through a heavy Rhea County defense driving to the hoop Tuesday at the Dalt.

Falling behind Tuesday night five points in the first quarter, then eight points at the break, 33-25, Warren County’s Lady Pioneers were stuck playing catch up to Rhea County all night until time expired and the Golden Eagles were still ahead, 59-51, at the buzzer.
“We are still struggling to find a flow on offense,” said Warren County coach Shea Panter “Someone will have a decent game then there is no one else to support them. We need two or three people to fire on the same night to get us a win. Our defense is holding teams down in a reasonable range, but our offense is not where it needs to be. We will focus on offense even harder for the remainder of the season. Look out Stone, if we can make that happen Friday night.”
Tuesday it was Pioneer senior Elsa Eckenrod who hit for double digits with 17 points, followed by Megan Patch with 12.
The Lady Pioneers started with a slow offense, suffering some turnovers and missed opportunities inside for points, a trend which continued through the rest of the game.
The Lady Golden Eagles better distributed the basketball with nine players posting points. Six Lady Pioneers scored.
Both teams hit equally well from the foul line with Warren County going 12-of-24 for 50 percent and Rhea County 12-of-21 for 57 percent.
Micah Black and Mallory Hampton hit high notes for Rhea County with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Other Warren County Lady Pioneers to score were Tyra Wright with 8 points, Callie Cathcart 7, Rae Anna Hodges 5, and Anna Bain hit for two points.
Warren County goes on the road to Crossville Friday, Jan. 20 as they play district rivals Stone Memorial. Games begin at 6 p.m.