The Lady Pioneers weren’t going to start 0-3. Sable Winfree made sure of it.
Winfree scored 25 points to lead the Warren County Middle School 7-8 grade girls team to a 46-20 victory over Tullahoma West Monday.
“It’s just the beginning – I’m hoping to see us continue to improve,” said coach Tara Koran. “I thought the girls came out strong on offense and defense. We executed well.”
Winfree’s scoring barrage was fueled by two things her coached stressed in Monday’s matchup – defensive pressure and pace.
“Sable had her strongest offensive game which stemmed from her aggressive defense. At halftime I talked to the girls about continuing to push the ball. I didn’t feel West could run the floor with us.”
Despite holding the Lady Bobcats scoreless in the first quarter, Warren County led just 18-10 at halftime, with Winfree providing the difference with eight early points.
She turned it up in the second half at the urging of her coach.
Winfree turned steals into quick transition offense, going coast-to-coast several times for buckets. She also showed her range by stepping out and drilling a 3-pointer late in the third quarter, helping her team build a 33-15 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Never wanting to let up, Winfree poured in 10 more points in the fourth quarter, again using her ability to be a one-woman fast break to fly by Tullahoma.
Hailey Simpson aided the cause with her sharp shooting. Simpson scored all nine of her points from behind the arc, including two early 3-pointers as Warren County opened the game on a 13-0 run.
Paige Sweeton added a pair of 3-pointers for her lone points, while Aleah Davis scored four and Bella Pennington tallied two.