GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers of Gentry started their season strong on the basketball court, defeating Life Way at home, 50-15, and West Fork on the Road, 55-34.
In a home game against Life Way on Nov. 16, the Gentry girls finished the first quarter up 10-6 and built on that lead throughout the game for a 35-point win in front of Gentry fans.
Kaitlyn Caswell hit four two-point field goals in the opening quarter, with Alyssa McCarty adding another, to put the Lady Pioneers up, 10-6.
Reese Hester led her teammates with 20 points in the game against Life Way, sinking two treys and a deuce in the second quarter and another four treys in the third to build on Gentry's edge. Shelby Still put in three buckets in the second quarter, and McCarty added three more field goals in the third, one of them a three-pointer.
Kelsey Barber, Payge Deasor and Zoey Harris scored for the Lady Pioneers in the fourth.
Caswell finished the game with 10 points and McCarty with nine.
West Fork 34
At West Fork on Friday, Alyssa McCarty led her teammates with 17 points in the game, including three treys. Shelby Still had nine and Emma Tevebaugh and Brynn Cordeiro both had eight in the 21-point win. Hailie Kreger added seven -- four free throws and a three-pointer.
The Gentry girls were up by three at the end of the first quarter, 11-8; 14 at the half, 36-22; 18 points at the end of three, 42-24; and 21 at the final buzzer, 55-34.