The Lady Pioneer freshmen were first to hit the floor at Warren County High School in Saturday morning’s district freshman tournament versus the White County Warriorettes.
An explosive third quarter by Warren County on both ends of the floor allowed the Lady Pioneers to pick up a first-round win over White County, 58-38.
Tyra Wright of Warren County led all scorers with a game-high 15 points. Wright sparked a late run in the first quarter after she picked off a pass and raced the other way. Her uncontested layup fell through and sparked the Lady Pioneers near the end of the first quarter.
The Warren County offense was busy in the second quarter and the Lady Pioneers pushed the tempo. Marah Wanamaker and Wright were off to the races as the post players ran the floor on almost every possession. The two combined for 11 of the 14 points for the Lady Pioneers.
Caylie Sherrill stumbled after she picked up a loose ball underneath the basket. On her way to the floor she hoisted up a shot. The shot dropped as Sherrill landed face down.
Moments later, Wright was fouled underneath and the shot dropped. She stepped the free-throw line and completed the three-point play. Coach Shea Panter called timeout with 3:00 left in the half.
White County turned the ball over on the inbounds pass after the timeout and Wright was there for an easy lay in. The Warriorettes made a late run in the second quarter and pulled within three at the half, 28-25.
The third and fourth quarters were dominated by the Lady Pioneers. Full-court pressure completely stunned the Warriorettes and they did not have much of an answer. Wright continued her tirade on the White County defense. She scored six more points inside and added a pair of free throws.
Bri Young went on the attack and sliced her way through the White County defense. She worked hard for a pair of baskets and just as hard at the free-throw line. Young was 2-of-4 at the charity stripe.
Addy Crouch made a quick move to the basket and beat her defender off the dribble for her first points.
White County did not have time for much offense in the third. The Warriorettes spent the majority of their time on defense after the guards turned the ball over under the constant pressure.
A four-point Warriorette effort in the third allowed Warren County to extend its lead to 46-29 to start the fourth.
Kaylee Chisam brought it home for the Lady Pioneers in the fourth. She added six more points down the stretch in a final push for Warren County. She got help from Emily Mikkola and Rachel Johnson. Each hit in the final quarter and helped cement the 58-38 win.
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Tyra Wright 15, Kaylee Chisam 11, Marah Wanamaker 8, Megan Patch 7, Bri Young 7, Addy Crouch 4, Caylie Sherrill 2, Emily Mikkola 2, Rachel Johnson 2
LADY WARRIORETTE SCORING – Emily Kerr 13, Paige Parker 11, Megan Sparkman 11, Sage Johnson 2
In the second round, the Lady Pioneers faced a solid Stone Memorial team. The Lady Panthers were poised and executed their offense well against the Lady Pioneers. Patch led Warren County with 15 points in the 69-56 loss to Stone Memorial.
Alex Eldridge of Stone Memorial scored a game-high 25 points.
Late in the second quarter, Warren County made a small run at the lead. Chisam and Mikkola each completed three-point plays and the Lady Pioneers were down at the half, 26-21.
Stone Memorial came out in the second half with a very intense full-court press against Warren County. Timeout was called more than once in order for the Lady Pioneers to maintain possession.
Stone Memorial pushed the tempo and extended its lead to 50-38 by the end of the third. Each team traded blows in the fourth quarter. Patch led Warren County with three of her five 3-pointers in the fourth. Despite the Lady Pioneers offensive effort late, Stone Memorial cruised to 69-56 win.
LADY PANTHERS SCORING – Alex Eldridge 25, Caitlin Reed 15, Reece Stover 13, Tesa Johnson 10, Emily Boyd 5, Susan Nelson 1
LADY PIONEERS SCORING – Megan Patch 15, Tyra Wright 10, Marah Wanamaker 8, Kaylee Chisam 7, Rachel Johnson 5, Bri Young 5, Emily Mikkola 3, Grace Rains 3.