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Youth leads as Lady Pioneers fall short
Sable Winfree makes 2 of her team-high 10 points against White County in Sparta on Friday night. Winfree is part of the youth movement for the Lady Pioneers, who battled to a 53-46 loss to the Warriorettes. - photo by Brad Durham

The youth movement on the WCHS Lady Pioneers is alive and kicking. Freshman Sable Winfree led the team in scoring with 10 points, and three sophomores were right behind her Friday night in scoring at White County.

Sophomores Kyra Perkins had 9 points, Mia Hobbs had 8 points, and Shelby Smartt had 7 points. The four top scorers against White County are all youngsters.

The Lady Pioneers came up a little short in an impressive comeback after being down by 14 points in the first quarter to lose to White County, 53-46.

The game was closer than the final score. White County led by only 3 points with :31 seconds left.

Warren County started fouling to regain possession and White County made foul shots to add to its lead. The second quarter puts this game in perspective. The Lady Pioneers trailed at the end of the first quarter 19-5. The Lady Pioneers trailed at halftime by only one point, 30-29. Warren County exploded for 24 points in the second quarter.

White County knew it was in a game because the Warriorettes started stalling with the ball to start the fourth quarter. Every time they tried to extend their lead, the Lady Pioneers contained them. In what may be considered the opposite of how White County played a wide-open first quarter, the Warriorettes actually slowed down play in the fourth quarter. That style of play may be considered playing not to lose, which is a clear sign of how Warren County was threatening to win this game.

Defense has often been the Lady Pioneers strength this season, and Friday night they put together three impressive quarters of defense. Not turning the ball over often certainly took some pressure off the defense and gave Warren County more scoring opportunities in the last three quarters.

The Lady Pioneers are now 8-8 for the season.

After the game, Lady Pioneer head coach Anthony Lippe praised his team. Lippe said, “I’m very proud of the effort our girls showed tonight. We haven’t been competitive with Sparta in a long time and we had our opportunities tonight to pull ahead. Of course we would have loved to win this game tonight, but we took a step forward as a team. We are just looking to continue to build from this game.”

The Lady Pioneers are home at the Dalt tomorrow night in a rematch with Coffee County. The Lady Pioneers were at Franklin County last night as the Southern Standard went to press, and updates on scores can be found by following Southern Standard Newspaper on Facebook and @sstandardnews on Twitter.


WARRIORETTES: Nia Powers 16, Gracie Dodgen 11, Morgan Quick 10, Alania Stiles 8, Addison Frazier 4, Mia Murray 4

LADY PIONEERS: Sable Winfree 10, Kyra Perkins 9, Mia Hobbs 8, Shelby Smartt 7, Erica Cantrell 4, Kam Nowlin 4, Jaden Smartt 2, Brielee Kelsey 2