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Lady Pioneers win district tourney
Right, Saylem Powell eyes a drive during Mondays golf action. Left, Brittany Myers rolls in a putt during play in the District 6-AAA tournament Monday. - photo by Photos courtesy of Craig Delk/Herald Citizen

Warren County needs to get in contact with Pat Riley about his trademark, “Three-peat,” slogan. The Lady Pioneer golf team pulled off the feat at the District 6-AAA tournament Monday in Cookeville.
For the third straight year, the Lady Pioneers won the district championship. Warren County used a team score of 152, headlined by senior Brittany Myers’ 75, to beat Cookeville’s 157 and third-place White County’s 163.
Coach J.W. Holt and his squad expected to be atop the leaderboard Monday at Cookeville Golf Course. Still, earning the win was a nice accomplishment as the team sets its sight on more wins.
“This is a big step for us, one we were hoping to take this year,” said Holt. “It’s always a huge accomplishment to win one district championship. Having won three in a row is outstanding.
“Now it’s time to get ready for the regional tournament and hopefully make it back to state and try to improve on our finish last year.”
Warren County has been the favorite to win the district all season after making a run to the state tournament a year ago. With all three of its top golfers returning, including last year’s District 6-AAA golfer of the year Hannah Powell and standout junior Saylem Powell, the Lady Pioneers showed why they were revered.
Warren County dominated competition all season, culminating in Monday’s win on the home course for the Lady Cavaliers. Myers, who along with Saylem Powell has been part of all three championships, was the driving force to the championship.
The senior continued on her run of strong play by shooting 75 – the second lowest round shot by any girl at the event. Cookeville’s Cierra Ramsey shot 73 to pace the field.
Myers played steady golf throughout the day, finishing with one birdie on No. 12 and 13 pars. Myers also had a birdie on a playoff hole to claim the No. 2 medal over White County’s Shelby Johnson, who is committed to play at Tennessee Tech next year.
It was the third straight year a different Lady Pioneer led the team in scoring to win the district. Last season, Hannah Powell was the low scorer when Warren County won at River Watch Golf Course. In 2012, Saylem Powell guided the Lady Pioneers to victory as the top medalist at McMinnville Country Club.
It’s the team effort that continues to give coach Holt hope his Lady Pioneers can make a deep run again this year.
“I think the girls played well. They continue to push each other to be better,” said Holt.
Hannah Powell and Saylem Powell each shot 77 Monday.
Next up for the Lady Pioneers is the regional tournament at Harrison Bay Golf Course, the site of the 2012 regional tournament. Warren County will have to win the event to qualify for the state tournament. Monday’s tee times and pairing weren’t available at press time.