Making their way down Highway 70 from White County on Friday night were the Warriorettes with a record of 9-0 overall.
The Warren County Lady Pioneers had their sights set on knocking off an unbeaten team at Charlie Dalton Gym, but there was only one problem. No one told the Warriorettes about the plan.
White County won in district action, 63-43.
Karagan Turner led the Lady Pioneers scoring 12 points against a very tenacious defense by White County. Only two Lady Pioneers would reach double-digit scoring.
The opening tip was won by the Warriorettes and they pushed the gas pedal to the floor and never looked back. White County opened with a barrage of three consecutive 3-pointers, and that was just the beginning. Their passing around the perimeter was almost spot-on. When the Lady Pioneers was late to rotate, White County made them pay the price. A total of four deep 3s would connect.
Warren County had little difficulty handling the full-court pressure defense from the Warriorettes. But it was what the Lady Pioneers did with the ball after getting across the half-court line that would tell the story.
With just under four minutes gone in the first quarter Warren County would be forced to call for time and try to slow the 11-2 explosive start from White County. Somehow Warren County would have to try and let the dust settle, but it was 19-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Under way in the second quarter, the Lady Pioneers were caught picking up their dribble in the backcourt. A bright spot in the second quarter for Warren County was Marlee Smith, who led the second quarter scoring for the Lady Pioneers with four points.
Turnovers, turnovers, and more turnovers plagued the first half for the Lady Pioneers and helped White County get out to a rather large 31-16 halftime lead
Coming out after the half, Warren County knew it would take a large shovel to dig out of the mess the passing game had created in the first half. Opportunities were available deep in the paint at times, but making one extra pass at the end of the drive would prove costly as well. And there were not many second chances for Warren County.
The third quarter would be Warren County’s best scoring quarter of the night with multiple Lady Pioneers dropping in 3-point shots.
Turner would start the fourth quarter with a strong move to the basket and draw the foul. The Lady Pioneers were still battling and grinding it out.
The Lady Pioneers got it within 10 points and Warren County would call for time after Brittany Myers connected for two points. After the timeout, it was all downhill for the Lady Pioneers.
Swapping baskets just would not work when you are down in the closing minutes.
Brittany Myers would lead the fourth quarter for Warren County only before she was hit with her fifth foul and spent the remaining time on the bench. The bright spots for the Lady Pioneers on Friday night were few and far between, especially after their win against Franklin County earlier in the week.
LADY PIONEER scoring - Karagan Turner 12, Brittany Myers 11, Allison Hitchcock 7, Marlee Smith 6, Elsa Eckenrod 5, Kristen Rowland 2.
WARRIORette top scorers - Alex Lewis 16, Bella Taylor 13, Emily Howard 11.