Grainger Today Correspondent
WASHBURN – Last Tuesday night in a game played at Washburn High School, the Lady Pirates took on the West Greene Lady Buffaloes from District 2-AA. In the first quarter, the Lady Pirates put forth a strong offensive and defensive effort. Washburn ended the first eight minutes of play with a 17-8 lead. In the evenly-played second stanza, West Greene cut two points off the Washburn lead as the half ended with the Lady Pirates holding a 35-24 lead.
In the third quarter, the Lady Pirate defense held the Lady Buffs to seven points while scoring 12 to take a 44-31 lead at the end of the quarter. Washburn coasted to a 56-49 victory. Senior point guard Haley Nicley continued her outstanding play as she connected on three-of-three from behind the arc and six-of-six from the foul line in scoring 21 points for Washburn. In addition, Nicley had two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Joining Nicley at the top of the stat sheet was Sierra Bailey, who connected on a pair of treys, four-of-four attempts at the foul line and totaled 18 points. In addition, she pulled down four rebounds and registered an assist.
Washburn also received six points from Ruthie Tolliver, four from Emery Coffey, three from MaKensey Lay and two each from Emily Kincaid and Rikelle Bowlin. In addition to the four rebounds from Bailey, the Lady Pirates earned four rebounds from Tolliver, Bowlin and BreAnna Scearce.
Lady Pirates 46
Thomas Walker 39
EWING, VIRGINIA – Last Thursday night, the Washburn High School Lady Pirate basketball team traveled to Virginia to take on the Thomas Walker Lady Pioneers. After scoring seven points in the first quarter and six in the second stanza, the Lady Pirates found themselves trailing 21-13 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Lady Pirates solved their offensive woes and had a strong defensive effort. Washburn outscored the Lady Pioneers 18-7 in the third quarter to take a 31-28 lead into the final eight minutes of the game. In that final quarter, the Lady Pirates outscored Thomas Walker 15-11 to notch a 46-39 victory to remain undefeated with a 5-0 record.
Once again, it was the terrific twosome of Haley Nicley and Sierra Bailey who led the Lady Pirates. Nicley, who connected on four treys and three-of-four from the foul line, added six points on three-of-three shooting inside the arc to toss in 21 points. Bailey, who connected on a trey and three free throws, totaled 18 points in the game. In addition, the Lady Pioneers obtained four points from Rikelle Bowlin , two from BreAnna Scearce and one point from Ruthie Tolliver. Scearce led the Lady Pirates with five rebounds. Bowlin, Bailey and Nicley pulled down four rebounds each.
Lady Pirates 57
Cornerstone Academy 15
Last Friday night, the Washburn Lady Pirates played their third game in four days when the team hosted Cornerstone Academy. In the first quarter, the Lady Pirates held Cornerstone to only three points, while scoring 15, to take a commanding lead after the first eight minutes of play. Washburn then added 19 points in the second stanza to expand the lead to 34-10 at the half. The strong defensive effort continued in the third period. The Lady Pirates shutout Cornerstone and scored 16 points to push their lead to 50-10 to trigger the mercy rule and a running clock for the fourth quarter. Washburn outscored Cornerstone by two points and recorded a 57-15 victory.
Juniors Sierra Bailey and MaKensey Lay scored 14 and 13 points respectively to lead the Lady Pirate scoring attack. That duo was followed by point guard Haley Nicley, who added 11 points, with Ruthie Tolliver and Emily Kincaid adding six points each. In addition, Washburn got four points from Emery Coffey and three from Rikelle Bowlin. Bowlin, with seven rebounds, and BreAnna Scearce, with six rebounds, led the Lady Pirates on the boards. With the victories, the Lady Pirates remain undefeated with a 6-0 record.
Washburn’s next home game will be Thursday, December 7, when they take on District 2-A foe Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD). Since there will not be a junior varsity game, the varsity girls game will begin at 6 p.m.