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Lady Pioneers suffer heartbreaking first loss against Winfield, 72-70

January 9, 2019
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Melissa Booton / For Wayne County News The Wayne High School Lady Pioneers take on Winfield at home Monday evening in Wayne. The Pioneers were dealt the first loss of the season, 72-10.

WAYNE - In a Monday battle of top five Class AA girls basketball teams No. 6 Winfield dealt No. 4 Wayne its first loss, 72-70.

Wayne (10-1) jumped out to a 19-11 lead after the opening quarter but Winfield (8-3) used hot 3-point shooting to cut into the deficit, hitting five before the half ended. The Wayne Lady Pioneers led 33-29 at halftime.

Winfield’s Z.Z. Russell hit back-to-back 3-pointers, part of a 12-3 run to start the second quarter, that gave the Generals a 41-36 lead with 4:58 left in the period. Russell finished with 17 points with four 3-pointers.

The second half had five ties and ten lead changes before the Lady Generals took the lead for good with 3:44 remaining in the contest on a Russell three.

Winfield made seven of its 10 free throws in the final 1:13 to close out the upset win on the road.

“We didn’t do a very good job of recognizing who their shooters were,” Wayne coach Wade Williamson said. “They moved the ball really well and give them credit because they came in here and shot the ball well. When you score 70 in a high school basketball game you’re supposed to win, but it we didn’t score enough tonight.

“If we handle this right and show some character, we’ll learn more from this one game than we did our first ten and figure out where we need to be and what we need to do better.”

Alana Eves led the Pioneers with a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double game. Lauren Hudson led the Generals with 19 points.

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