It was business as usual for Central High School Tuesday night. Hosting Warren County High School, the Lady Raiders sent the Lady Pioneers back to McMinnville with a 65-44 loss. The win improved the Lady Raiders to 9-0 on the season, all victories coming by double digits.
"We knew it would be tough, I went and watched them (Warren County) last Thursday night at Tullahoma and they beat Tullahoma by double digits," Coach Joe Pat Cope said. "It wasn't pretty, we just kept grinding and grinding."
A close 7-5 game in the first few minutes saw Jacey Vaughn knock in a three-pointer to give CHS more breathing room for the rest of the first quarter. The girls continued to push away from the Lady Pioneers over the remainder of the half. Bella Vinson, Abby Morgan and Kiya Ferrell all knocked in multiple shots to send the Lady Raiders into the second half up 35-22.
Warren County wasn't going away quietly. The Lady Pioneers kept it close, staying within 10 to 12 points of CHS for most of the third quarter.
Still up by 12 entering the fourth, the Lady Raiders stayed in control through the game's remainder. The victory was topped off by a deep three-point buzzer beater from Emma Fulks to push CHS past the 20-point win margin.
"It's a really big game for us because last year they broke our winning streak," Morgan said afterward. "It was a good win, we played as a team."
Morgan led the Lady Raiders with 21 points. She was followed by Vinson with 12. Vaughn finished the game with nine points, right in front of Ferrell's seven. Keelie Hillis knocked in four points for the Lady Raiders. Fulks and Ellie Graham each hit three points. Chloe Spry, Ashley Starks and Jenna Garrettson all finished with two.