The Lady Pioneers have shown they’re a tough team to beat at home this year.
WCHS was brighter than the Siegel Lady Stars at Charlie Dalton Gym as the Lady Pioneers captured a 53-39 victory Monday night. The win improves Warren County to 3-1 at home this year.
Junior Elsa Eckenrod led the Lady Pioneers and scored a game-high 17 points. Eckenrod connected on three 3-pointers, one in the second and two in the third.
Lady Pioneer head coach Shea Panter said, “This was a good team win tonight and we played a lot of girls off the bench. Our girls shot very well from outside.”
The Lady Pioneers opened the night and lit up the first quarter with 17 points. Saydee Winfee opened up scoring from the outside. She connected twice from 3-point range and forced the Lady Stars’ defense to stretch.
Kristen Rowland added five points as the Lady Pioneers continued to run the floor against Siegel. The Lady Stars came out a little flat as they opened the first quarter with a dismal eight points. Rachel Tracey carried the offense with five points.
In the second quarter, Eckenrod kept the game just out of reach as the Lady Stars mounted a comeback. Eckenrod connected from deep on her first 3-point shot of the game. She also added a short jumper. Rylan Moore shot 1-of-2 from the free-throw line and five points were all the Lady Pioneers could muster in the second.
Warren County fell off the pace in the second quarter and shots were few and far between. The Lady Pioneers allowed the Lady Stars to pull within a single point by the half, 23-22. Patricia Brown led Siegel with six points and Destiney Davis connected from three-point range.
Warren County came out in the second half and outscored Siegel 18-8 and extended its one point lead to 11. Eckenrod dialed up and connected twice from long distance. Megan Patch and Callie Cathcart also delivered from beyond the arch. Siegel could not find the answer to defend the long-range offensive assault by Warren County.
Lorrena Ellis scored six of the eight points for Siegel in the third. The first half offense by the Lady Stars disappeared in the third.
In the fourth quarter, it was more offense by the Lady Pioneers. Cathcart added her second 3-point basket of the game. Winfree got back into her rhythm in the fourth after she went cold in the second and third.
Coach Panter added, “We hope our momentum carries over to district play this Friday night versus Sparta.”
The Lady Pioneers second-half effort secured the win at home over the Lady Stars, 53-39.
The Lady Pioneers will be on the road Friday night in White County. They return home Dec. 15 versus Wilson Central with game time scheduled for 6 p.m.
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Elsa Eckenrod 17, Saydee Winfree 12, Callie Cathcart 9, Kristen Rowland 5, Meagan Patch 5, Rylan Moore 3, Marlee Smith 2
LADY STARS SCORING – Rachel Tracy 14, Loreena Ellis 10, Patricia Brown 7, Destiny Davis 3, Olivia Perry 2, Keena Fletcher 2, Mia Metcalf 1