As quick as the Lady Pioneers took care of business against Rhea County Thursday, there may have still been time to hit the fair midway afterward.
Warren County thoroughly dominated in its District 6AAA debut, dismantling the visiting Eagles 4-0 for its sixth victory.
Any worry of fair week fatigue fell by the wayside early. Behind goals from Sam Ramsey, Katie Toney and Bekah Jackson, the Lady Pioneers led 3-0 at halftime.
Jackson added a fourth score in the second half, one coach Todd Willmore believed may have been even more impressive despite less scoring.
“We hadn’t played two good halves this year until this one,” said Willmore, who has guided his team to a 6-2-2 start. “We played really well. I was proud of them. We had a good week of practice and came out ready.
“It’s unreal we only scored one goal in the second half. We cranked up the intensity and need to keep that there heading into Cookeville.”
Ramsey got the scoring started early, working a 2-on-1 break with Toney to perfection for a goal. Toney would get a score of her own moments later, out hustling the Lady Eagle defense for a score.
By the time Jackson was able send a laser from the right side of the field to the back-left corner, “a thing of beauty,” Willmore added, the Lady Pioneers were up 3-0.
If not for several shots hitting crossbars in the second half, the blowout could’ve been even bigger.
Willmore noted that his defense, including new keeper MaKenna Mason’s first district shutout, was really impressive.
“It was probably Makenna’s best game since making the move. Our back four (Natalie Stepien, Savannah Cox, Sarai Ruiz and Shelby Roberts) played really well together,” said Willmore.
Warren County will be back in action Tuesday with a pivotal home match against the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers. Kickoff against the defending 6AAA champs is set for 7 p.m.