The Warren County Middle School Lady Pioneers had a rough go of it Thursday night as they played host to district rival White County Warriorettes.
Effort wasn’t an issue as the Lady Pioneers (3-13) left it all on the hardwood with their frantic play, but they fell short to the taller White County team, 41-16.
“White County is the best team in our conference,” said Warren County coach Isaiah Phillips. “We saw the level we need to play at in the next tournament next week.”
Making the most of what the Lady Pioneers gave them, the Warriorettes went 11-of-17 from the foul line, hitting 65 percent, while working mainly in the paint.
Two top scores in the ballgame came from the White County team as Gracie Dodgen scored 16 points and Mia Murray hit for 13 points.
The Sparta defense was causing constant forced turnovers on the Lady Pioneers, making it a low total tally for the Lady Pioneers. Nautica Brown led the offense for WCMS with 5 points.
Also scoring for Warren County were Elia Atterson and Brooke Evans with 3 points apiece, Kaydee Rains and Taylor Swan each scored 2 points, and Kamryn Nowlin hit for 1 point.
The Lady Pioneers play White County on Monday, Jan. 23 at Tullahoma High School. Game time is 6:30 p.m.