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Tough night at Stone
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Lia Wright was a positive off the bench late in Crossville. Wright, a freshman, scored seven points in a 52-31 loss to Stone Memorial.

Freezing cold, shaky and unwell. Lately, it could describe the symptoms of the sweeping flu bug or the Lady Pioneer offense.

The Warren County High School girls team had an anemic outing in Stone Memorial Friday, falling 51-32. It was the worst loss of the season for the Lady Pioneers, who fell to 0-5 in district play following the blowout.

Warren County (9-15) had more turnovers than points in the first half, when it dug a 30-point hole in the second quarter. The Lady Pioneers trailed 34-4 with two minutes to go in the second quarter, with Alex Eldridge powering a 20-0 Stone Memorial run.

Eldridge hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the period. Emma Capps and Katie Atkinson added 3-pointers shortly after, both coming in a span where Warren County turned the ball over six times in a four-minute stretch.

The Lady Pioneers didn’t score in the second quarter until a driving layup from Grace Rains with 1:30 to play. Megan Patch ended the half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer as Warren County trailed 36-9.

Coach Shea Panter decided her team didn’t need a pep talk at the break. Instead, the Lady Pioneers stayed on the court in hopes of shaking off the chilly start.

Patch hit three 3-pointers in the second half, but the senior’s shooting proved to be one of the few highlights of the second half. Stone Memorial, playing mostly reserves in the second half, took a 45-17 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Warren County started the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run, fueled by a 3-pointer by Patch and five straight points from freshman Lia Wright. Patch finished with 14 points, surpassing her total from the first four district games combined. 

Wright finished with seven points, while Madalyn Stubblefield scored her first varsity points in the final minute, notching a three-point play on a driving layup. 

The Lady Pioneers will have a week to prepare for Friday’s district home game against Rhea County. Tip-off at Charlie Dalton Gym is set for 6 p.m.