Warren County Lady Pioneer Shelby Smartt scored a season-high 22 points on Friday night at home, leading Warren to a 57-44 victory over district opponent Franklin County.
Warren County improves to 19-4 overall and 4-2 in district. With Coffee County being their biggest adversary, the Lady Pioneers are currently second in the district.
“My teammates kept giving me the ball,” Smartt said. “They knew I was hitting.”
And hitting she was as she nailed four 3-pointers for the game. Kyra Perkins added 19 points.
The first half would prove to be the most competitive with both teams taking the lead. Warren County started hot with Perkins and Jaden Smartt under the goal. But the Rebelettes scored three 3-pointers in the first quarter from three different players to take the lead, 15-13.
In the second quarter, Shelby got fouled while shooting a 3, allowing her to shoot three free throws. She made all three. Great defense and a successful 3-pointer from Shelby led to an 11-point lead for the Lady Pioneers, 28-17.
However, Franklin County closed the half with 10 straight points. At halftime, the Lady Pioneers were only up by one, 28-27.
In the first two minutes of the third, Warren County put up a whopping 12 points. This is where Shelby Smartt really took center stage nailing two 3s and a layup.
Perkins and Jaden Smartt continued to dominate under the basket in the fourth, and Jaden added a 3-pointer of her own. By now, the Lady Pioneers were feeling confident and on their way to a win.
The Lady Pioneers defended Charlie Dalton Gym, beating Franklin County 57-44. Franklin County falls to 8-10 overall and 1-4 in district.
WARREN COUNTY -Shelby Smartt 22, Kyra Perkins 19, Jaden Smartt 9, Sable Winfree 4, Brienne Kelsey 3 FRANKLIN COUNTY -Katie Walker 11, Madison King 8, Heidi Seay 8, Daryn Morris 6, Baylor Russel 4, Danica Stovall 3, Lucy Bares 2, Shayla Kennerly 2