The WCMS Lady Pioneers sputtered off the starting line at the beginning of their game against White County. The offense didn’t take off and the Warriorettes’ tempo couldn’t be matched.
White County’s quick start off the line allowed them to cruise to a 41-27 win against the Lady Pioneers in Sparta on Thursday night.
It was apparent right away the Warriorettes wanted to push the tempo and it took less than a quarter to separate the two teams. Six players from White County scored in the opening quarter and it was difficult to focus on one or two players.
Lauren Turner slashed through the defense and cut her way to the basket for her first eight points of the contest. The Warriorettes connected on 5-of-10 free throws in the first quarter alone. The Lady Pioneer defense was late to react.
Shots were not plentiful in the first quarter for Warren County. Several unsuccessful attempts were made but persistence paid off for Annaston McBride and Bri Young. The two combined for the only four points in the first quarter.
The White County offense was somewhat slower in the second as the Warren County defense stepped up its intensity. Fewer shots from the floor were allowed by the Lady Pioneers and in the second quarter WCMS only went to the charity stripe seven times and connected on two.
Alora Stuart knocked down her first points of the game and Kinsley Lorance was perfect on both attempts from the free-throw line. At the half, WCMS trailed 19-8.
In the third quarter both teams increased their point production. The Lady Pioneer defense committed fewer mistakes on defense and kept WCMS off the free-throw line. Mia Murray scored two of her four points when she got in close.
McBride and Stuart scored from the floor when they were left alone and got good looks at the basket. Samantha Jennings and Savannah Cox were perfect from the free-throw line and combined for four points. By the end of three, the Warriorettes extended their lead, 34-16.
The Lady Pioneers finished strong, but the damage was done early. Halle Pennington and Cox found their range from beyond the 3-point line late in the game. They both pulled the trigger and hit the mark as time ticked off the clock.
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Savannah Cox 8, Halle Pennington 5, Alora Stuart 4, Annaston McBride 4, Kinsley Lorance 2, Samantha Jennings 2, Bri Young 2