The final week of the Warren County elementary 5-6 grade girls league started Monday night with two teams still fighting for the top spot. With one more win, the Warren County Middle School girls team will be able to call itself the regular-season champion.
The Lady Pioneers got one step closer to the title Monday night with a 44-16 win over the Boyd Lady Broncos, improving to 10-1 in the process.
The Dibrell Lady Wildcats kept pace by defeating the Centertown Lady Warriors 22-20, but only a Lady Pioneer loss on the final night would give Dibrell a chance to split the championship.
Any hopes the Lady Pioneers would slip up against the Lady Broncos Monday went out the window in the first quarter.
Warren County outscored Boyd 18-6, giving the Lady Pioneers more points in the first period than the Lady Broncos would have at the end of the game.
Megan Patch and Shonacye Rutledge were terrors for the Lady Broncos. Patch scored all eight of her points in the first quarter, while Rutledge capitalized on three layups for six points.
Kelsey Fults and Emily Mikkola each scored two points for the Lady Pioneers in the first period, while Boyd countered with Saylor Hodges knocking down two 3-pointers.
Hailey Wood led the Lady Pioneers’ second unit in the second quarter as she scored all of her team’s points in the quarter. Wood hit two shots to give Warren County a 22-8 lead at halftime.
The Lady Pioneers put the starters back in to begin the second half and Rutledge didn’t waste long in matching her first-quarter production. The Lady Pioneer forward sliced to the basket for three buckets, giving her a game-high 12 points.
Fults added four points in the period, giving her six for the game, and Madison Ledbetter hit a short shot as Warren County led 34-14 entering the fourth quarter.
The depth of the Lady Pioneers showed in the final period as Torie Brooks came off the pine to score four, while Caitlyn Arnold, Brianna Garcia and Ashton Whiles scored two points apiece. Boyd’s final basket came from Abby Beaty in the final minute.
Hodges finished with 10 points for the Lady Broncos, who fell to 1-10 overall. Beaty, Alaina Stiles and Kaylin Barrett added two points apiece.
Centertown nearly helped the Lady Pioneers clinch the title with an upset of Dibrell, but Brianna Young wasn’t going to let the Lady Wildcats lose.
Young scored 20 of her team’s 22 points, including hitting the go-ahead basket in the fourth quarter, as Dibrell avoided the upset bid by the Lady Warriors.
Young has been a scoring machine this season for the Lady Wildcats and Monday was no different. No other Dibrell player scored until the fourth quarter when Grace Rains connected on a jumper. Young handled the rest as her six points in the final period were enough to carry Dibrell past Centertown.
Raeliegh Moore finished with six points to lead the Lady Warriors. Rounding out Centertown’s scoring was Page Duke with five, Drew Davis with four, Gracie Self with three and Macie Walker with two. Monday was the final regular season game for the Lady Warriors as the team finished 6-6.
In other elementary girls action, the Eastside Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-8 this season with a 22-19 win over Irving College.
Madison Mason topped the 100-point mark for the season with a game-high 12 points for Eastside. Kapri Talley followed with six and Rylie Crawford chipped in four.
Caylie Sherrell, who joins Mason and Young as the three players with more than 100 points this season, led the Lady Tigers with nine points. Hannah Lee finished with eight, followed by Kenley Cathcart with two. Irving College fell to 4-7 with the loss.
The regular season will conclude tomorrow night with three games. The Lady Pioneers will play host to Irving College, Dibrell visits Eastside and Boyd welcomes Morrison. All girls games will begin at 6 p.m.