Slow starts have usually been the culprit during the Lady Pioneers’ losing streak to start the season. In Tullhoma Tuesday, Warren County again looked lethargic from the tip.
The bigger problem was it never got better.
The Lady Pioneers fell 67-29 to the Lady Wildcats, their fourth-straight loss to begin the season. It was also the most lopsided loss for Warren County, which hasn’t scored double-digit points in the first quarter in its last three games.
“It was a tough game. We really struggled with their pressure and never seemed to recover,” said Lady Pioneer coach Anthony Lippe. “Tullahoma is a very experienced and talented team and it showed.”
Warren County (0-4) fell behind 13-0, only stopping the Lady Wildcat run with a Lia Wright field goal. Freshman Kyra Perkins gave the team a late spark with a 3-pointer in the final 30 seconds, but Tullahoma led 14-4 after one period.
The lead swelled to 35-9 by halftime, with Tullahoma’s Julia Duncan scoring nine of her 17 points in the period.
The Lady Pioneers started the second half with back-to-back triples from Hallie Jo Pennington and Kam Nowlin, but Kailyn Ferrell took the momentum right back. A short jumper, followed by a 3-pointer from the Tullahoma guard started a run that ended with the Lady Wildcats enacting the mercy rule by the start of the fourth quarter. Ferrell ended with a game-high 19 points for Tullahoma.
Rudy DeArmond showed some late fight for Warren County, scoring a pair of baskets in the fourth quarter.
Nowlin and Rhealee Johnson led the Lady Pioneers with five points apiece. Perkins and DeArmond added four each. Other scorers were Pennington and Brielee Kelsey with three respectively, Shelby Smartt and Erica Cantrell with two apiece and Wright with one.
Warren County will make its home debut Monday against Upperman, which was the 2017-18 AA state champions and a regional semifinal qualifier last season.
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.