Two teams played their way up the bracket and faced off in the girls championship game of the Warren Masonic Christmas Tournament. The Lady Pioneers from WCMS were the local favorites and appeared to match up well against the Woodland Lady Warriors from neighboring Cannon County.
The Lady Warrior offense went on the warpath in the second quarter and the surge sent them into the half with a 13-point lead. It was enough to cement the win for the Lady Warriors by a final score of 37-21.
Lady Warrior Kristin Fann led all scorers with a game-high 13 points. For WCMS, Hallie Pennington and Kamryn Knowlin led the offense with six points each.
The Lady Warriors got off to a much quicker start and appeared to be more confident from the opening tip. Fann started the first quarter with her first four points as she weaved her way through the Lady Pioneer defense.
The Lady Warriors also passed the ball around the perimeter and waited on just the precise moment to attack. Anna Grace Sissom went to work deep in the post against the physical WCMS defenders.
The Lady Pioneer offense tried to keep pace and continually pushed the ball toward the basket. Pennington and Knowlin each picked up two first-quarter points. The shot selection was limited by a quick Lady Warrior defense and at the end of the first quarter Woodland led 8-4.
It took the first quarter for both teams to settle down and set up their offenses. By the second quarter, Woodland had settled in and the scoring commenced. The Lady Warriors kept the defense guessing and shots were being fired from all across the floor.
Abbie Judkins streaked through the defense and scored her only two points of the game. Sissom knocked down a pair of free throws after she drew contact inside. She followed up just moments later with a 3-pointer.
The WCMS defense played on its heels for most of the second quarter. The Lady Pioneers did not have much time to set up and run their offense. When they did, shots were limited. Nautica Brown carried the offensive load just before the half. She got behind the defense and used her height for her only four points of the game.
The Lady Warriors led at the half, 21-8.
Woodland stayed on the attack after the two teams returned to the court. Caroline Blanton slipped behind the Lady Pioneer defense and got herself freed up for a pair of baskets. Jessie Kauffman also got an open look and buried a shot over the defense.
The Lady Warriors kept a step ahead of the Lady Pioneers in the third quarter and held shots in close by WCMS to a minimum. Alora Stuart made a move to the basket and beat the Lady Warriors inside for her only two points.
Knowlin went back on the attack in the third after she was held scoreless in the second. She took the ball deep inside the Woodland defense and scored a pair of baskets for WCMS. After three complete, the Lady Pioneers trailed 30-14.
In the fourth quarter for WCMS, Beth Vaughn attempted to step up on the offensive end and she scored three points in her efforts. Pennington got back on track after two scoreless periods and she knocked down a pair of jumpers against the Woodland defense.
In a championship performance, the Lady Warriors were dominant and defeated the Lady Pioneers, 37-21.
LADY WARRIOR SCORING – Kristin Fann 13, Anna Grace Sissom 8, Jessie Kauffman 8, Caroline Blanton 4, Abbie Judkins 2, Kallie Kemp 2
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Hallie Pennington 6, Kamryn Knowlin 6, Nautica Brown 4, Beth Vaughn 3, Alora Stuart 2