By: Nick Kieser
GALLATIN, TENNESSEE — One last game the week of Thanksgiving before the Lady Pioneers head home to celebrate the holiday. Visiting the undefeated Wabash Valley College Warriors now (7-0) the Lady Pioneers were bested in a 105-52 contest last evening.
Breaking a two game winning streak theLady Pioneers now have an even record at (3-3) and (1-0) in conference play so far this season. After a trip to Illinois, head coach Otis Key was happy with the effort and not as much the result.
"We just got out competed. They were at home and were hitting their shots," said Aliyah Miller.
Early on in this contest at the end of the first quarter the Warriors found themselves up on the Lady Pioneers 28-9. Moving on to the halfway point the Warriors ran away with the game with the score 54-14 after the second quarter.
"We knew they were ranked top ten in the nation and we knew it was going to be a harder game," said Miller.
The division one caliber leader of the team took into account that this wouldn't be an easy game going into their place for her team. Pregame, Coach Key said this team wouldn't be no easy match but to the Warriors it was just another easy game.
"The second half they competed a lot better and that was the goal. Coming back after halftime, I told them with a forty point lead that there is no forty point basket and that we'd need to chip away at it. The main thing was to make it respectable and I thought we did that tonight," said Key.
"They were big and had longer arms. Every moment that I did get the ball and want to shoot they already knew I was going to shoot," said Lucky Lavender.
Communication was a reiterated theme in Coach Key's pregame talk. On the court the other team was simply just more talented and had a deep bench that was ready to hit their shots.
"I am glad that number one we didn't quit. Taking this into the conference as long as we come out with that kind of fight and don't quit I'm confident in every game that we'll play," said Key.
With the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow both the men's and women's team will have a short break. The players and coaches want their players to relax and do everything but basketball.