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WCMS girls keep winning
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Coach Shea Panter may take all road games off the schedule next year and schedule all seventh- and eighth-grade girls games at home.
The WCMS Lady Pioneers won their third straight game at home and fourth of the season when the team took down Franklin County North Middle School 36-34.
The dynamic duo of Karagan Turner and Madison Mason powered the Lady Pioneers to a dramatic victory by scoring 23 of their team’s 36 points.
Warren County had a big come-from-behind effort to defeat Franklin North. The Lady Pioneers trailed 16-4 after the first quarter, as Lindsey Cox and Allison Hitchcock scored the only points for Warren County.
Turner and Mason started to heat up in the second quarter, but missed opportunities at the free-throw line held back the Lady Pioneers.
Turner scored five points in the second and Mason added three, but nine missed free throws kept Warren County down 22-15 entering the second half.
Tough defense and timely shooting by Turner and Saydee Winfree helped the Lady Pioneers continue to close the gap in the third quarter.
Warren County held Franklin North to seven points in the third quarter while Winfree drained two jumpshots and Turner scored on a pair of layups to make it 29-23 going into the fourth quarter.
Mason carried the Lady Pioneers the rest of the way as she scored seven points in the final period.
Mason hit three free throws, scored on a layup and sank a jumper as Warren County finally came back to take the lead.
The Lady Pioneers had chances to close out the game at the charity stripe, but more missed free throws gave Franklin North one last chance.
The last-second shot by the visitors was off the mark as Warren County improved to 5-2 this season.
Turner finished with a game-high 13 points. Mason was next with 10. Winfree added six points, Hitchcock scored three and Cox and Kristen Rowland rounded out the scoring with two points.
In boys action Monday, the Pioneers couldn’t bounce back from their first loss last week when they once again came out on the wrong side of a 37-28 decision against Franklin North.
The Pioneers got off to a slow start, scoring only two points in the first quarter to trail 10-2. The boys bounced back behind four points from A.D. Majors and a 3-pointer from Isaac Golden to make it 13-10 at halftime.
Even eight points from Golden in the third quarter, six coming on two 3-pointers, couldn’t keep the Pioneers in the game.
Franklin North pulled away down the stretch to leave Warren County with a nine-point victory.
Golden led Warren County with 14 points. Majors added seven while Darius Wright chipped in six. Ryan Nokes added a second-quarter free throw.
The Warren County Middle School teams will be back in action on Friday when the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers travel to DeKalb County. The teams will play day games in front of the DeKalb County Middle School student body beginning at noon.