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WCHS falls in tourney
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Jeffery Simmons photo Grace Rains scored a career-best 17 points in a 60-54 loss to White County.

The third time wasn’t the charm for the Lady Pioneers.

Warren County fell to White County 60-54 in the consolation game of the District 6AAA tournament Monday, its third loss to the Warriorettes this season.

A career-high 17 points from Grace Rains, along with 14 points from Tyra Wright and 11 points from Megan Patch, weren’t enough to top White County. The loss dropped Warren County into the fourth seed from District 6AAA in the region tournament, and sets up a trip to District 5AAA champion Bradley Central Friday.

Avoiding the state's No. 2 ranked Lady Bears was plenty of incentive Monday. Coach Shea Panter thought for a long time her Lady Pioneers would avoid having to play the underdog role in the region tournament.

“We played a good game. I thought we had them,” said Panter.

Warren County (12-19) got off to a quick start, building an 11-4 lead in the first quarter. Patch hit an early 3-pointer, while Rains worked her way to the basket for a pair of layups.

The Warriorettes flipped the game in the second half, outscoring the Lady Pioneers 23-12 to take a four-point halftime lead.

The deficit stayed the same for most of the second half, as Warren County never fell behind by much, but also couldn’t get back in front.

Patch and Wright did their best to push the Lady Pioneers, using their size and skill in the post to punish White County in the paint. Wright, who dealt with foul trouble in the first half, scored 12 of her points in the second half. Rains was right on her side, scoring nine – six coming in a short stretch of the third quarter.

White County didn’t give an opening though, sealing the game with clutch free-throw shooting to hold off Warren County, which got its final points on a Emily Mikkola 3-pointer.

Rounding out the Lady Pioneer scoring was Caylie Sherrill with six points, Mikkola with five and Rhealee Johnson with one.

Warren County fell into the consolation game following a 64-28 loss to Stone Memorial Saturday in the disrict semifinals.

The loss stings, but still having games to play is more than enough to keep Panter and her team invested.

“Going to region means we are getting more games under our belt that teams like Cookeville aren’t getting,” said Panter. “We will have to put four quarters together to hang with Bradley Central.”