In a game that looked like it was going to be a blow at halftime turned into a classic between the Coffee County ladies and Warren County.
At halftime, the Lady Raider defense had held the Lady Pioneers to just one field goal and two made free throws to take a 20-4 lead at the break.
Warren County made a dramatic comeback in the third quarter, cutting the lead to four points, 28-24.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders were able to hold on, even though the Lady Pioneers lost four players due to fouling out of the game. Coffee County won its sixth straight district championship by defeating Warren County in a nailbiter, 46-43.
The Lady Raiders shot 42 free throws to the Lady Pioneers’ 18. Coffee County made 23 and Warren County 12.
Coffee County was led in scoring by District 6 Class 4-A Tournament MVP Freshman Natalie Barnes with 17 points. She also earned All-District. Regular season MVP Senior Chloe Gannon had 9 points. All-District and All-Tournament Sophomore Olivia Vinson finished with 9. Senior Jalie Ruehling, who earned All-District, and Senior Emaleigh Tarpley, who was awarded All-Tournament, had 5 points each, and Sophomore Channah Gannon, who was an All-District selection, chipped in with 3 points.
Kyra Perkins and Shelby Smarrt led Warren County with 10 points each.
Both teams will host first-round region tournament games on Friday, February 24, at 7 pm. The Lady Raiders will host the #4 seed from District 5, and the Lady Pioneers will host the #3 seed.
Franklin County knocked off Shelbyville in the consolation game for third place in District 6.
Saturday at 6 pm, Coffee County boys will host Shelbyville for third place, followed by Warren County and Franklin County for the district championship. Hear the Red Raiders and Eagles game on the Rooster 101.5 or Golden Eagle Country 105.1 and 95.9.