The Southern Standard wants to take the opportunity to highlight the standout WCHS athletes. Partnering with R3 Logistics and Mud Bums Family Sports Grill, we will be honoring a Pioneer of the Week throughout the 2022-23 school year. Our honoree from Nov. 13-19 is WCMS Lady Pioneer Addison Steakley.
The WCMS girls basketball team is off to one of the best starts in over a decade. While the Lady Pioneers have run off six straight wins behind a slew of stars and outstanding teamwork, Addison Steakley may have been at her best when the team needed it the most. Steakley is coming off one of the best weeks of her career, which got kickstarted during a day game at Coffee County.
The dominant wing had a season-high 15 points in a statement win Monday, the first for Warren County over Coffee County in nearly a decade. Her pair of triples in the fourth quarter, part of a week where she’s been scorching the nets wherever the Lady Pioneers go, helped her squad rally in the final minutes and claim pole position in the Central Tennessee Conference.
If the group doesn’t stumble against other CTC foes and is able to win rematches with Coffee County and Franklin North at home later this season, the Lady Pioneers could now secure a regular season title. It probably wouldn’t be a possibility if Steakley didn’t sink two 3-pointers to break the hearts of Coffee County.
“She just took over the game (against Coffee County),” said coach Mendy Stotts when asked about the Standard’s selection for Pioneer of the Week. “She’s been playing great and has a 100 average in the classroom.”
Steakley’s scoring, which included adding five points each in romps of Algood and Cannon County last week, has been fueling the Lady Pioneers of late. She’s also a tremendous defender and doesn’t mind mixing up in the paint for rebounds as well.
Steakley is shooting 50 percent from deep this year, including sinking 57 percent of her triples in last week's trio of victories.
After a 3-0 week, the Warren County girls will get a well-deserved week off for Thanksgiving. The Lady Pioneers are scheduled to return to action Tuesday, Nov. 29 at DeKalb County. Two days later, WCMS will play a pivotal game against Franklin North in hopes of avenging its lone loss of the 2022-23 season.
Both games are set to tip-off at 6 p.m.