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Lady Pioneers fight hard, fall in both games

The Lady Pioneers entered last week with a .500 record in the Big 7 at a 4-4 mark and in the middle of the league standings. But after losses to Tennessee High and Dobyns-Bennett, Crockett is now situated in sixth place in the conference.
While some teams around the league would find sixth place a disappointment, the Lady Pioneers have kept their heads held high all season under the direction of first-year Head Coach Marty Story as they continue to turn around a program that had not won a conference contest in nearly three years until last season.
The Lady Pioneers opened the week’s slate at home against Tennessee High on Jan. 20.
Despite offensive struggles, the Lady Pioneers relied heavily on their defense in the first half.
After one quarter, the Lady Vikings only held a 9-8 lead. And with their shots still not failing in the second, Crockett put even more pressure on their defense to keep the contest close.
The Lady Pioneers defense answered, holding Tennessee High to 18 points over the first two quarters, with most of their scoring coming from the free-throw line.
The teams went to intermission with the Lady Vikings holding a small 18-12 advantage.
However, after two quarters of outstanding defense, shots began falling in the third quarter as both teams nearly matched their total offensive production of the first half in the eight-minute stanza.
Tennessee High outscored Crockett in the third with an 18-11 mark to extend their lead to double-digits heading to the fourth where they would finally close out the hard-playing Pioneers, 55-38.
Lily Ayers guided the Pioneers with a team-high 16 points.
Crockett followed the loss with an end-of-week matchup against Dobyns-Bennett where again the Lady Pioneer defense would test one of the better teams in the conference.
After falling behind 12-2 to open the contest, the Lady Pioneers responded, refusing to allow D-B to take full control of the game, providing just enough offense throughout to support a pesky defense that kept things close.
Crockett would get as close as two points in the fourth quarter after an Ayers three-pointer cut the Indian lead to just two points with under two minutes remaining in regulation.
That would be as close as the Pioneers would get after missed opportunities forced fouls and the Lady Indians answered at the free-throw line to close out Crockett, 49-42.
Senior Kasey Gordon guided the Lady Pioneers with 12 points in the loss.