It was a triple overtime thriller Friday night in Coffee County as Warren County had its chances to win, but the Lady Pioneers couldn’t seize the opportunities.
In what was a grueling battle, Coffee County would escape with the victory, 52-49.
A total of three Lady Pioneers would reach double figures, Karagan Turner would lead Warren County with 14 points and Brittany Myers would contribute 11, while Saydee Winfree finished with 10.
The two teams ended regulation with a 39-39 tie and would continue pounding each other for three OTs.
The final period in regulation was hotly contested. The score was 29-23 in the fourth quarter with Warren County leading, then Coffee County drew a foul with less than three minutes to play and Warren County was hit immediately with a technical foul. After the free throws and possession, Coffee County was able to pull within three points, 29-26.
Warren County would inbound the ball from the timeout and hit an uncontested lay-up to extend the lead to 31-26 with 1:12 to play. When Coffee County inbounded the ball next, the clock was not switched on, and the Lady Raiders proceeded to run the length of the floor and kick the ball out wide for an open look at a 3-pointer. The shot would find its mark and the score was now 31-29, Warren County still leading. The clock issue would be discussed and the officials would dismiss it as human error.
Coffee County would score again, tying the game at 31-31. Madison Mason made a hard drive to the basket and came up empty with 2.6 to go with the Lady Pioneers rebounding. Time out was called and Warren County would get one last chance to break the tie in regulation. Out of the timeout Warren County would get a somewhat decent look only to come away empty.
In the first OT period, the Lady Pioneers would jump out to a six-point lead, but Coffee County would not go away. With :53 seconds to play, Coffee County would hit a clutch 3-pointer to cut the lead to 39-36.
After tying the game, Coffee County would then try and stall the clock after another failed attempt by the Lady Pioneers. With :10 to play, Coffee County would shoot and miss, the ball rebounded by Myers and she would sprint to the other end, hoisting a shot from behind the arch only to have it hit off the front iron.
We are headed to the second OT period at 39 each. The Lady Pioneers would strike first but Coffee County would strike right back. Locked at 41, Turner for Warren County would break the tie 43-41, with 1:46 to play.
Coffee County would bring the ball down the floor and call for time. Out of the time out and Coffee County inbounding the ball under their own goal would find a wide-open shot in the paint locking the score up again at 43 with 1:02 to play in the second OT. Coffee County would draw the foul and break the tie to go up one 44-43. Warren County would turn the ball over and it would seem it was all over and then it was Coffee County called for throwing elbows.
Warren County would inbound and score taking back the lead, 45-44, with seconds left on the clock. Coffee County would draw the contact on the other end and missed the first shot. The Lady Raider would have to hit the second shot to take it to the third OT. And she hits, tying the game at 45 all with no time left to make an attempt.
Heading into the third OT period, Warren County would win the tip but turn the ball over before attempting a shot. Coffee County would make the most of its first shot in the third OT and lead 47-45. Lady Pioneer Marlee Smith would get the call and draw the foul, but she was not able to connect the front end of the one-and-one.
Then it was Coffee County to turn it over only to have the Lady Pioneers come down and draw a charge. Coffee County would then try and use the clock not needing to score. Warren County had to foul, and Coffee County would hit both to go up by four, 49-45. Warren County would get an open look for a 3-point shot only to come away empty.
Coffee County would collect the rebound leaving Warren County no choice but to foul. The Red Raiders would take the lead to six at 51-45. Turner for Warren County would get the ball deep in the post, drawing the contact from the Coffee County defender. Turner would hit both and cut the lead back to four at 51-47.
Coffee County is again immediately fouled and was able to connect on the front end of the one-and-one. The score was 52-47 with less than :10 to play, Warren County was out of time but not heart. Myers would drive the length of the floor and hit one last running jump-shot to give the Lady Pioneers a final score of 49 only to fall short in a gut-wrenching loss in the third OT period to Coffee County by a final score of 52-49.
Warren County played at home Saturday against Cannon County, but results were not available at press time. Check for those in the Wednesday edition of the Southern Standard.
LADY PIONEER SCORING - Karagan Turner 14, Brittany Myers 11, Saydee Winfree 10, Kristen Rowland 5, Madison Mason 4, Allison Hitchcock 4, Marlee Smith 1
LADY RAIDER TOP SCORERS - Sydney Pearson 17, Tyger Fenton 10, Makenzie Morgan 9