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WCHS girls basketball in search of new coach
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Shea Panter

As one search ends, another search is about to begin.

The Warren County school system listed the girls basketball coaching position on its website shortly before noon, ending Shea Panter's five-year run as the leader of the Lady Pioneer basketball program. Panter was 63-96 at Warren County.

An official statement should come Friday afternoon. The expectation is Panter resigned early Friday, just a day after informing her team.

Her resignation came after disappointing 9-19 campaign, where the team returned six seniors but failed to record a district win for the first time since 2009. The Lady Pioneers lost their final eight games last season.

Panter was hired before the 2014-15 season, taking over after Erick Baird was fired following his fifth year with the program. Panter took the Lady Pioneers to the region tournament twice, losing to Bradley Central in 2015 and 2018.

Panter had success pushing her players to the next level. Warren County had several players sign scholarships, including last fall when Tyra Wright committed to play for Charleston Southern. It was the first time a Lady Pioneer had signed in the fall signing period, as well as the first female basketball player to commit to a Division 1 school in more than a decade.

Panter’s resignation comes just days after WCHS ended its football coach search, selecting Matt Turner to be the new leader the Pioneers.

The search should begin immediately.