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Trip to Florida not all sunny for WCHS
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Warren County High School girls basketball players have been road warriors all season, but a 1,000-mile trip to Florida may have caught up with the Lady Pioneers.After starting the season 6-0 away from Charlie Dalton Gym, the Lady Pioneers lost two of their three games in the Rock Holiday Classic held in Orlando, Fla.Warren County (10-6) was defeated by Boynton Beach 54-41 on Wednesday and fell to Mandarin 43-39 in overtime on Thursday.The Lady Pioneers were able to end their visit to the Sunshine State on a high note as the team defeated First Academy 50-36 on Friday morning.Playing three teams from Florida proved to be a challenge, but Lady Pioneer coach Erick Baird is hopeful the experience will pay off once the team enters District 6-AAA play.“We held leads in each game, but had a little trouble closing out games,” said Baird. “We’ve narrowed down the things we need to work on before district play begins.”The Lady Pioneers played a good first half against the Boynton Beach Lady Tigers, but the Florida squad featuring three players who have signed letters of intent to play college basketball next season ran away in the second half.Warren County led 23-21 at halftime, but were outscored 20-8 in third quarter to enter the fourth trailing 41-31.Megan Dishman had a three-point play at the beginning the final period to cut the lead to seven, but the Lady Tigers answered back with a 8-0 run to effectively end the game.Senior Lauren Wilkinson led the Lady Pioneers in scoring with 13 points. Dishman was next in line with 12.

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