Instead of getting the revenge the WCMS girls so desperately wanted in Thursday’s CTC semifinals, the Lady Pioneers were left with more heartbreak.
Coffee County once again beat Warren County at the buzzer in overtime as the Lady Raiders won 37-36 on Olivia Vinson’s layup with eight seconds to go.
Warren County (15-8) still hadn’t forgotten the regular season loss it suffered in Coffee County a week prior, one which knocked the Lady Pioneers from a potential tie for the CTC regular-season conference crown. Vinson was the thorn in Warren County’s side that night as well, scoring 17 straight points late in a 49-42 overtime victory.
In the tournament semifinals, Warren County kept Vinson down for most of the game, but she came through when it mattered most.
Vinson had two driving layups in the final 45 seconds where she was able to go 94 feet and weave through all five Lady Pioneers. The last came with under 10 seconds to play, where Vinson finished an off-balanced lefty leaner to put her team up for good.
Warren County got off one final heave at the horn, but the shot came up short, as did the revenge bid.
Sable Winfree did her best to get the Lady Pioneers to the brink of victory, including drilling a pivotal 3-pointer in the final minute of regulation to knot the score. Winfree finished with 15 points, helping her earn all-CTC conference honors that were announced at the conclusion of the tournament Friday night.
Paige Sweeton came through with nine points, all coming on 3-pointers in the third quarter that sparked the Lady Pioneers after a slow start. Warren County was down 15-10 at halftime, but Sweeton’s shooting kicked the offense into another gear.
Lex Verge added six points, highlighted by a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and a layup in OT where she powered through two defenders for the bucket.
Sweeton and Verge joined Winfree on the all-CTC conference team.
Hailey Simpson and Bri Taylor each hit 3-pointers in Thursday’s heartbreaker for the Lady Pioneers.
Warren County will now turn its focus to Shelbyville Harris, its opponent in this week’s Area 6 postseason tournament. The Lady Pioneers are scheduled to play Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
With a win over Harris, the Lady Pioneers would qualify to play in the substate tournament being held next week at Stewarts Creek.