Six years of sadness were finally lifted when the Lady Pioneers toppled Coffee County Thursday night.
Behind 15 points from Sable Winfree, the WCMS girls team snapped a double-digit losing streak that dated back to 2013 with a 42-33 victory over the visiting Lady Raiders.
“I was so proud of my team. It was great to get this one,” said coach Tara Koran after her team took down its Central Tennessee Conference rival.
It was the sixth-straight victory for the Lady Pioneers, though the streak was snapped the following day when DeKalb County won a day game 37-33 at WCMS Friday.
Warren County (6-3) used two quick starts out of the locker room to dispatch Coffee County Thursday. The Lady Pioneers opened the game on a 9-2 run, then came out of halftime and outscored the Lady Raiders 14-4 in the third quarter to build a 16-point advantage by the fourth quarter.
Winfree was the driving force, getting off to a hot start with six points in the first period. Hailey Simpson added an early three, one of two she would hit as she scored six points.
Simpson and Paige Sweeton helped push their team to a double-digit lead early in the third quarter by hitting deep triples, while Winfree kept charging to the rim for easy buckets.
Coffee County tried to mount a late rally, but the Lady Pioneers were able to sustain their lead as Bella Pennington hit a pair of jumpers to put the game away.
Lex Verge added eight points to the victory, while Pennington and Simpson finished with six points apiece. Sweeton added five, while Bri Taylor had two.
In Friday’s day game, Warren County could never get over the hump in the second half. The Lady Pioneers trailed 22-19 at halftime, but only were able to get closer once when Sweeton drilled an early triple to make it 22-22.
Cadee Griffith answered with a 3-pointer of her own seconds later and DeKalb County would lead the rest of the way.
Winfree was once again the top scorer, netting 12 in the losing effort. Rounding out the scoring was Sweeton with seven, Simpson with five, Verge with four, Taylor with three and Pennington with two.