Friday night the Warren County Lady Pioneers traveled just down the road to play rival DeKalb County. The Lady Pioneers were looking to add to their 6-0 start and DeKalb County proved little more than a speed bump as Warren County won 54-38.
Brittany Myers was a scoring machine for Warren County with a game-high 24 points. Karagan Turner added 16.
Scoring was minimal in the first quarter as both teams were unable to set up any kind of offense to get an open look at the basket. The first points for the Lady Pioneers came with two minutes elapsed when Myers finally connected. Turner was next to score for the Lady Pioneers on two made free throws.
The second quarter started completely different than the first. Both teams hit the floor running, pushing the tempo, matched with tightening up the defense on both ends. DeKalb County spread the floor as the Lady Tigers connected from long range on back-to-back 3s at one stretch. But answering the call for Warren County would be someone typically known for jump shooting ability.
Myers took her game to a whole other level, attacking the Lady Tigers defense from every angle. She scored 10 of 24 points in the second quarter alone, carrying the load for the Lady Pioneers.
Approaching the half, DeKalb County seemed to rely on shooting the long ball a bit too much and as long as the Lady Pioneers collected the rebounds after the failed attempts it didn’t seem to bother Warren County coaches. Heading to halftime with a slim 23-19 lead, Warren Count coach Shea Panter knew that would not be enough to finish off the Lady Tigers.
The teams came out with newly adjusted game plans, at least one team did anyway. The Lady Pioneer defense stepped up huge in the third, smothering the paint with a quick moving zone, while DeKalb tried to make the passes quick enough for an open look at a 3-pointer. The 3-point shot that had been with them in the second had abandoned them just one quarter later.
Turner lit up the scoreboard in the third for eight of her 16 points, with help to spread the Lady Tiger zone out hitting from long range was Saydee Winfree.
As the fourth quarter began, the Lady Pioneers found themselves in a familiar place, up by 11 points and a quarter remaining. The Lady Pioneers would be able to make key stops when necessary, snuffing out any plans of an upset the Lady Tigers had.
Down the stretch, it was Myers and Winfree who put up 14 of the 18 fourth-quarter points. Transition points, free throws, and tenacious defense prevailed once again for the Lady Pioneers. The Lady Pioneers head to Cannon County to face the Lions on Monday night with tip-off at 6 p.m.
Lady Pioneer scoring - Brittany Meyers 24, Karagan Turner 16, Saydee Winfree 9, Emily Scott 2, Marlee Smith 2, Elsa Eckenrod 1
Lady Tiger scoring - Loven Cripps 19, Ashli Chew 11, Maggie Knowles 4, Hannah Panter 4