On Tuesday night, the Warren County Lady Pioneers traveled to Franklin County to take on the Lady Rebels. The last time these two teams met it was all Lady Pioneers at Charlie Dalton Gym. This time in Winchester, it would not be much different as the Lady Pioneer offense would be more than the Lady Rebel defense could handle.
Karagan Turner led all scorers with 18 points for the Lady Pioneers and helped to lead Warren County to a 49-38 win over the Lady Rebels.
The win takes the Lady Pioneers to 9-5 overall.
Franklin County would only outscore the Lady Pioneers in the second quarter, and by only one point. The Lady Pioneer defense would start the game very tough, not giving much in the way of an open look for Franklin County for much of the first half. Warren County would put its emphasis on pressuring the ball as the first half was coming to an end. Unable to cover every single inch of the floor, the Lady Rebels ended the first half on a high note by hitting from deep on a 3-point shot.
It was the third quarter that proved to put the defense to the test for both teams. The Lady Pioneers would spread the Lady Rebels defense to its limits, stretching from corner to corner. With the Lady Rebels spread thin and sharp passing from the Lady Pioneers, it didn’t take much to get the ball inside.
Elsa Eckenrod returned as a key player for Warren County, scoring 12 points after struggling to find ways to score for a few games. With the outside shots dropping, the ball was pounded in low to Lady Pioneer Karagan Turner, who has the ability to put up large numbers in close and if fouled can connect on free-throws. Turner was 8-for-10 from the line Tuesday night.
As the third quarter came to a close, Franklin County was down 34-23. There were not many second chances for the Lady Rebels on the offensive end. The Lady Pioneers were able to gather up any rebound and loose ball in the second half.
Heading into the fourth quarter, it would be the Lady Rebels who would attempt to put a late run together scoring on a deep 3-point shot, only to have Warren County to mishandle a pass which in turn led the Lady Rebels to an easy transition basket forcing Warren County to call for timeout.
Franklin County would drive the length of the floor and get trapped in the corner after picking up the dribble. Lady Rebel coaches would be forced to take a timeout to save the possession. With only 2:02 to play in the fourth and up nine points, the Lady Pioneers tried to burn some time off the clock.
In the final minute, the Lady Rebels would pass to the wing and step back and hit from 3-point range leading to an immediate timeout on the floor.
The Lady Pioneers would take it the length of the floor and get in close enough to score out of the timeout. Lady Pioneer Brittany Myers would lead the charge to try and finish off the Lady Rebels late in the game driving and drawing the contact from the Lady Rebel defense.
Myers would connect on 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch for Warren County. It was just too little too late for the Lady Rebels and too much offense from the Lady Pioneers as they got the win over the Lady Rebels 49-38 in Franklin County.
The first quarter the Lady Rebels found themselves already behind the eight ball by falling behind early by a score of 14-7. Turner and Eckenrod would lead the opening charge for Warren County scoring 11 of the 14 points to get out to an early lead.
And after a strong defensive stand by Franklin County in the second and outscoring the Lady Pioneers by one it would take an even larger stand if they were to overcome the shooting threats of the Lady Pioneers. One thing about the Lady Pioneers is the fact you never know who will be hot at any particular time. Many of the Lady Pioneers have the ability to knock down shots at any given time. And when they are on, they are hard to stop. Lady Pioneers pick up another victory in Franklin County over the Lady Rebels by a final score of 49-38. The Lady Pioneers will be in action tonight at 6:00 p.m. at home versus White County in a district matchup.
LADY PIONEERS scoring - Karagan Turner 18, Elsa Eckenrod 12, Brittany Myers 9, Saydee Winfree 3, Marlee Smith 3, Madison Mason 2, Allison Hitchcock 2.
LADY REBELS top scorers - Laura Henley 11, Sydney Ingle 9, Kelly Payne 6.