Decked out in matching state-champion jackets, the Upperman coaching staff took the court at Charlie Dalton Gym Monday with swagger.
It’s a level Anthony Lippe hopes his rebuilding process with the Lady Pioneers will reach in time. For now, he got a first-hand look at how far Warren County still has to go to compete for state titles.
The Lady Bees pounded Warren County 56-18 in its home debut, handing the Lady Pioneers their fifth straight loss to start the season.
“Upperman is a tough team to play regardless of how much experience a team has, but it was good for our team to play against them,” said Lippe. “We want to build our program to be a competitive team like the type of program that Upperman has year after year.”
The Lady Bees put the game away early, scoring the game’s first 17 points as Warren County once again got off to a slow start.
Senior Beth Vaughn finally broke the cold spell with a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:23 to play, the lone points for Warren County in the first quarter. Vaughn was the lone bright spot on the offense in the opener, hitting three triples – two coming in the fourth quarter – to score half her team’s points.
Upperman built a 30-9 lead by halftime and enacted the mercy rule by building a 37-point lead (49-12) going into the fourth quarter.
Despite the blowout, Lippe took some positives from the opener.
“We got a lot of our young players much-needed experience and I was proud of our effort they gave on the defensive end,” said Lippe.
Brielee Kelsey, Erica Cantrell, Jaden Smartt and Kam Nowlin scored two points apiece for the Lady Pioneers, while Lia Wright split a pair of free throws for her lone point.
Results from Tuesday’s home matchup with Coffee County were unavailable at press time. Warren County returns to action Friday at home against Tullahoma. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.