It’s not how you start but how you finish and the Pioneer girls’ basketball team started slow but finished strong in a 47-31 victory Monday night over Monroe in an SEC Red Division game as the Pioneers took another step toward a league title.
Pioneer, which improved to 12-1 on the season, has not won a league title since 2000.
The Pioneers trailed 6-5 after one quarter as both teams struggled to score points. Monroe led 16-15 at halftime.
Pioneer came out in the third quarter with more offensive swagger. They scored 16 points in the third to take a 31-25 lead into the fourth quarter. Pioneer outscored Monroe 16-6 in the final quarter to pull away.
Pioneer, playing without injured Mya Hicks, had several players contribute on the offensive end. Senior Asaria Turman scored nine of her game-high 21 points in the third quarter. Senior guard Whitney Gallagher hit three triples and finished with 11 points. Freshman Lauren DeWolf scored six of her eight points in the fourth quarter and sophomore Felicia Stewart scored seven for the Pioneers.
Pioneer plays at Saline on Wednesday (tonight) and play at Huron on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The boys’ game follows on Friday at 7 p.m.