The WCMS Lady Pioneers and the Harris Middle School Eaglettes from Shelbyville faced off Thursday night at Warren County Middle School with the outcome in favor of the Lady Pioneers, 50-42.
The Lady Pioneers looked to be in control in the first half with a halftime lead of 35-20, but Harris Middle would have no part of an easy WCMS victory. Hailey Wood would lead the scoring for WCMS with 12 points and Megan Patch was right behind her with 11.
The Lady Pioneer offense in the first half had its way with the Eaglettes. Marah Wanamaker and Patch would put up six points each for WCMS in the first quarter. But it was the defense from the Lady Pioneers in the early going that would keep the Eaglettes nesting. Shots inside early in the game for Harris were out of the question. Lady Pioneer Tyra Wright has quite a presence in the paint and anyone shooting inside will most definitely have their work cut out for them.
With the defense keeping the Eaglettes grounded, the WCMS offense would start putting up points from all areas of the floor. Addy Crouch and Wright combined for eight points before the half, along with Patch heating up from behind the arch with a 3-pointer. Six out of nine Lady Pioneers would score in the first half to give them the 35-20 lead heading in to the locker room.
The Eaglettes would storm the court coming out of the half and cover every inch of the floor. They soared cutting off passing lanes and limiting the amount of shots the Lady Pioneers would take.
The Eaglettes turned up the heat on the Lady Pioneers and the WCMS offense suddenly went cold. Turnovers showed up in the third quarter in large numbers for WCMS and it was not good just as the Eaglettes were starting to heat up. The Lady Pioneers were held to only four points after having a 35-point first half.
Coach Malcolm Montgomery would adjust the offense and defense to cut off any late scoring run attempts by the Eaglettes. The WCMS defense did not hardly step up as much as coach Montgomery would have liked, but the WCMS offense showed back up in time for the fourth quarter and matched the production from the Eaglettes.
LADY PIONEERS SCORING – Hailey Wood 12, Megan Patch 11, Marah Wanamaker 9, Shonacye Rutledge 8, Tyra Wright 6, Addy Crouch 4
EAGLETTES TOP SCORERS – Sheila McCord 15, Makayla Batts 13