The Warren County Middle School JV Lady Pioneers played in the Central Tennessee Conference Tournament last Saturday and captured the championship.
After finishing first in conference play with an undefeated record and adding wins against non-conference opponents Algood, Stewarts Creek, and Seigel, the Lady Pioneers had high expectations entering tournament play.
Their semifinal game was against Harris Middle School. Playing an abbreviated game, the Lady Pioneers entered halftime tied at 0-0 despite controlling most of the action in the first half.
After a quick break, the Lady Pioneers knew what had to be done and leading scorer Katie Toney went to work and quickly found Bekah Jackson at the penalty mark. Jackson delivered a rocket into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Moments later, Natalie Stepien turned an errant Harris pass into a goal when she found an open Breezy Wanamaker who delivered and gave WC a 2-0 lead which would prove to be the final.
Despite being the No. 1 seed, Warren County had to immediately turn around and play the championship against the team which beat them in last year’s final -- Coffee County.
About halfway through an evenly played match, the Lady Pioneers were awarded a corner kick and Bekah Jackson delivered. Jackson played a perfect ball that landed at the feet of Jaden Smartt who promptly drove a ball into the back of the net to give the Lady Pioneers a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Pioneers stayed on the offensive for the rest of the game and their defense swiftly denied any opportunities from Coffee County. The final whistle blew with Warren County claiming the championship.
“We are blessed with a strong group of girls on our JV team who have fun and play together very well,” said Warren County coach Matt Walker. “The girls were very excited and were well received from the large crowd in attendance.”
The WCMS varsity tournament is this weekend in Tullahoma.