If the overall records of these two teams are any indication, the 15-15 Warren County Lady Pioneers traveled to the 9-17 Cookeville Lady Cavaliers on Friday night to battle it out in a district matchup.
The first half went well for the Lady Pioneers, but it was all Lady Cavaliers from then on as Cookeville would outlast Warren County, 51-35.
The sharp-shooting Allison Hitchcock led Warren County by scoring 14 points. Hitchcock would be the only Lady Pioneer to reach double digits.
Sydney Bean would score a game-high 24 points to lead the Lady Cavaliers.
Out of the half only down five points, the struggles began for the Lady Pioneers as they looked slower out of the gate to start the second half. It only took a few minutes for Cookeville to extend its lead to 10 points as Lady Pioneer coach Shea Panter called timeout.
Out of the timeout Warren County broke the third-quarter drought when Hitchcock hit a short runner in the lane with 2:00 minutes to play. Warren County then made a critical mistake of fouling a Lady Cavalier on a 3-point shot, sending Cookeville to the free-throw line for three shots as the third quarter winds down. Lady Cavalier Sydney Bean would connect on all three and extend the Cookeville lead to 14 points, 36-22.
After a miss in the lane to start the fourth quarter, Lady Pioneer Karagan Turner went to work deep in the paint for Warren County and it was 37-24. The Lady Cavaliers fired back by hitting a 3-pointer, taking the Lady Cavalier lead to 40-24 with five minutes left.
Cookeville would extend the lead to 20 points, 44-24, with 4:15 to play to put the game out of reach. The Lady Pioneers would trim the deficit to as little as 15 points when Brittany Myers drained a 3-pointer, but the margin was never in danger of getting to single digits.
The Warren County Lady Pioneers will travel to Rhea County this Tuesday, and the Lady Pioneers will be back for their final regular season home game Friday. Tip-off of both games is set for 6 p.m.
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Allison Hitchcock 14, Karagan Turner 8, Brittany Myers 5, Saydee Winfree 3, Madison Mason 3, Elsa Eckenrod 2
LADY CAVALIER TOP SCORERS – Sydney Bean 24, Megan Whitson 10, Toiya Gwynn 9