Needing to win their final two games to tie for a regular season championship in the Central Tennessee Conference, the WCMS Lady Pioneers wasted no time picking up win No. 1 of the week.
Warren County hammered Tullahoma East 50-20 Monday, the team’s 14th victory this season. A victory Thursday at Coffee County – the outcome was unavailable at press time – would move the Lady Pioneers into their first co-championship since joining the CTC.
“We went off in the second half,” said coach Tara Koran, who is now 31-30 in her three seasons at WCMS. “It was a weird first half – very physical. I told them to play with emotion, but to keep your composure. We wanted to do our talking on the scoreboard.”
Warren County (14-6) led 17-9 at halftime, but it was just a tune-up for what was coming in the second half. The Lady Pioneers blitzed Tullahoma once the teams returned to the court, playing suffocating defense and turning every miscue into points on the other end.
Sable Winfree was often the beneficiary, springing for layups in transition or carving up Tullahoma if the defense was able to retreat in time to keep up with the speedy point guard. Winfree scored 16 points in the second half, helping her match Tullahoma on the scoreboard on her own with a game-high 20 points.
The Lady Pioneers also started getting their aim back from the outside, with Hailey Simpson draining a triple in the fourth quarter and Bri Taylor swishing two 3-pointers on her way to 10 points.
Lex Verge did all the heavy lifting in the first half. The Lady Pioneer post answered Tullahoma’s physical play with brute strength, muscling her way to nine points before halftime.
Aleah Davis finished with four points. Paige Sweeton added two.
Warren County will get the weekend off before it begins play in the CTC tournament Monday at Charlie Dalton Gym. A schedule for next week’s boys and girls tournaments will be in Sunday’s Southern Standard.