Close but not quite had been the story for the Lady Pioneers recently. Warren County would play a good half, yet the losing streak would still continue. Friday night, the team wanted to rewrite the script.
The Lady Pioneers did, but not in the way they hoped.
White County walloped Warren County Friday night, winning 61-29 to hand the Lady Pioneers their 10th straight loss.
Lady Pioneer coach Anthony Lippe probably knew well before the tip-off of Warren County’s game against the Warriorettes it wasn’t going to be his team’s night. Not when one Lady Pioneer sent a teammate to the emergency room hours before the ball went into the air.
Before the JV game, Brienne Kelsey – a freshman who has been playing some varsity – took an errant elbow from a teammate. It opened a big gash over her right eye, one that had to be repaired at the hospital.
She was back on the bench by the varsity game, only to see her teammates take more haymakers from the Warriorettes.
White County (16-7, 2-3) took a 31-9 lead by halftime, thoroughly dismantling the Lady Pioneers from the start.
The lone bright spot for the home team was Brielee Kelsey, Brienne’s older sister, coming off the bench to score seven points before the break.
Brielee would finish with a team-high nine points, which doubled has her season-high outing.
Beth Vaughn shook free for a pair of triples in the second half, including one from almost 30 feet, but it didn’t put a dent in the deficit. Vaughn, who has been playing through a leg injury for weeks, finished with six points, her second-lowest output in 13 games.
Shelby Smartt added four points, while Hallie Jo Pennington – another senior playing through a significant knee injury - and Kam Nowlin scored three points each.
Warren County fell to 2-21 with the loss and is now 0-5 in district games.
The Lady Pioneers will get a chance to snap the streak Tuesday night against District 6AAA leader Stone Memorial. Tip-off at Charlie Dalton Gym is set for 6 p.m.