Warren County Middle School failed to execute its offense in the first round of the CTC postseason tournament held Monday night in Coffee County. The Lady Pioneers’ first-round opponent was the Lady Bobcats from Tullahoma West.
The Lady Bobcats found their rhythm and settled in near the end of the first quarter with a 6-0 run and took a 12-7 lead after one. Tullahoma West never looked back and defeated WCMS, 56-30.
Savannah Cox led WCMS with a team-high 12 points on four 3-pointers from behind the arch.
A pair of Lady Bobcats hypnotized the Lady Pioneer defense. Ollie McCreary and Jessica Edde led the Lady Bobcats with a game-high 16 points each.
WCMS struggled to hold on to the ball. Turnovers near the end of the first quarter allowed Tullahoma West easy transition baskets. The Lady Bobcats constantly attacked the glass and drew fouls when the defense came too late.
Cox pulled the trigger on the Lady Bobcat defender before she even had a chance to defend the shot. The high-arching shot by Cox found the bottom of the net for her first of four 3-pointers.
Hallie Pennington drove the basket and found herself on the baseline and she quickly found Nautica Brown who hoisted a shot underneath for her two points. Pennington did slip free and score in the first quarter.
Tullahoma West started off the first quarter somewhat slow and then near the final two minutes of the quarter opened up. The Lady Bobcats jumped the passing lanes and it was off to the races back in the opposite direction.
Early foul trouble hurt the Lady Pioneers throughout the first quarter and the second. The Lady Bobcats shot 6-of-10 from the line in the first period. Tullahoma West dominated the rebounding and there was always a Lady Bobcat waiting under the basket.
McCreary and Ty Hardin each led Tullahoma West in the first quarter with four points each and at the end of one WCMS trailed 12-7.
The Lady Bobcat defense closed off the inside for the Lady Pioneers and WCMS was forced to shoot from deep. Cox connected twice over the outstretched hands of the Lady Bobcat defender and Pennington dialed up a shot from long distance which connected for her first of three, 3-point shots.
The Lady Bobcats offense unloaded on the WCMS defense. Nine of the 16 points in the second quarter came from the free-throw line and Edde connected from behind the arch. Macy Bowman and McCreary combined for the other four points of the quarter and Tullahoma West extended its lead to 28-16 at the half.
It went from bad to worse in the second half for the WCMS offense. Pennington launched a long-range shot that hit its target for her second 3-point shot of the game. Moments later, Annaston McBride slipped free on the inside and shot the ball before the defense had time to react for her first two points.
It was all Tullahoma West in the third quarter as they outscored WCMS 17-5. Edde opened up the Lady Bobcat offense and she was relentless in her pursuit of the basket. She scored nine of her game high 16 in the third and after three complete WCMS trailed 45-21.
Cox attempted to spark the offense with a quick 3-point shot to start the fourth. Pennington then pulled the trigger and fired her final 3-point shot for WCMS.
You could see Kamryn Nowlin was going to get to the basket no matter what and she was fouled on two separate drives. She connected on 2-of-4 from the free-throw line and McBride knocked down the front end of a 1-and-1.
Tullahoma West slowed the pace and tried to burn some of the clock in the final quarter. McCreary added five more to her 16 point total. It was all Lady Bobcats in the final three quarters and WCMS could not find the handle on the ball and the Lady Pioneers were defeated in the first round of the CTC tournament, 56-30.
LADY BOBCAT SCORING – Ollie McCreary 16, Jessica Edde 16, Macy Bowman 10, Ty Hardin 7, Leyla McGee 3, Kenzie Lenderman 2, Emma Fulks 2
LADY PIONEER SCORING – Savannah Cox 12, Hallie Pennington 11, Annaston McBride 3, Kamryn Knowlin 2, Nautica Brown 2