Girls Basketball: Pioneers top Monroe, clinch first league title since 2000


Mya Hicks came off the injury list on Thursday night and showed right away that she missed playing – and proved that she didn’t lose her shot sitting out a few games with a broken nose.

The freshman guard had 17 points and senior Asaria Turman scored a game-high 20 points on a historic night for the Pioneer girls’ basketball team as they clinched an SEC Red Division title for the first time since 2000 with a 53-44 win over Monroe.

The Pioneer boys’ team also clinched a division title with its win over Monroe.

The visiting Trojans proved a tough test, outscoring their hosts 16-14 in the first quarter. But Pioneer got things rolling in the second quarter, outscoring Monroe 11-5 in the second quarter to take a 25-21 halftime lead.

The Pioneers kept up the pace in the second half, outscoring Monroe 15-5 in the decisive third quarter. Monroe outscored the hosts 18-13 in the fourth quarter but couldn’t overcome Pioneer’s 40-26 lead after three quarters.

Hicks scored all but two of her points from beyond the three-point line. She hit two triples in the first quarter and three in the third quarter. Turman kept up her torrid offensive pace, scoring 14 in the second half to help the Pioneers take control of the game.

Freshman Lauren DeWolf had six points and Coby LaPointe and Corine Burgard each scored four.

The Pioneers play at Bedford on Tuesday.

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