Lady Pioneer fans were stunned after Warren County suffered its fifth straight loss Tuesday night, this time falling to district opponent Stone Memorial.
The Lady Pioneers started with a 10-0 run against the Lady Panthers, although that momentum was short-lived. Stone Memorial outscored the Lady Pioneers 22-3 in the third period and went on to win 55-37.
Tesa Johnson from Stone Memorial led all scorers with a game-high 15 points.
Saydee Winfree led the Lady Pioneers with 11 points.
The third quarter must have felt like the longest quarter of the season for the Lady Pioneers as the Lady Panthers could do no wrong. Multiple turnovers and poor shooting allowed Stone Memorial to separate from Warren County.
Five minutes into the third quarter, Winfree made a hard move to the basket off the dribble and attempted to go around the defender. She picked up a foul and knocked down 1-of-2 free throws for Warren County’s first point of the quarter.
Marlee Smith worked inside the paint and scored her only points of the third just before the end of the quarter. Those two plays accounted for all of Warren County’s scoring in the third.
It was the opposite for Stone Memorial as shot after shot dropped. Four different Lady Panthers connected from long distance for 12 of their 22 points in the third.
Lady Panther Alex Eldridge proved she could get it done on the inside as well. She led her team with seven points in the offensive assault. Stone Memorial ended the third period with a 3-pointer after the defense arrived too late. The Lady Pioneers imploded in the third and trailed 47-28.
WCHS head coach Shea Panter had seen enough and emptied her bench in the final period. The Lady Pioneer offense found ways to score, although not nearly enough to reclaim the lead. Freshman Lady Pioneer Tyra Wright got inside the Stone Memorial defense and scored twice.
Rylan Smith was the only other player to get inside the Stone Memorial defense for her second basket of the game. Callie Cathcart and Marlee Smith each added a free throw before the final buzzer.
The loss came despite a glowing start where Warren County rattled off 10 straight points. Winfree opened the game with a 3-pointer. Allison Hitchcock slipped free from the defense and connected from behind the arch. The two combined for four 3-pointers in the first.
However, Stone Memorial would fight its way back and the score was tied at 25 at the half.
Turnovers and dismal shooting by the Lady Pioneers led to the team’s demise and Warren County was defeated 55-37.
Warren County plays Cumberland County, which has a record of 5-0 in the district, tonight in Crossville with game time scheduled for 6 p.m.
LADY PANTHER SCORING – Tesa Johnson 15, Lexi Hinch 14, Alex Eldridge 9, Reece Stover 6, Emily Boyd 5, Paige Shelby 3, Riley Hunt 3
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Saydee Winfree 11, Allison Hitchcock 9, Marlee Smith 7, Tyra Wright 5, Rylan Moore 4, Callie Cathcart 1