GENTRY -- Over Christmas break, the Lady Pioneers played many games. Their first game was Dec. 17 against Shiloh Christian at home. The girls were nervous going into the game, but they knew they had to get the job done. The Lady Pioneers came out with a big win over Shiloh, 68-25. The girls became 1-0 in the conference.
The girls then went to play in the Southwest Tournament in Washburn, Mo. The girls went to play Exeter on Dec. 27. The girls set the pace for the game and got everything going in the game. The girls set a good pace and the ending score was 69-9. The Lady Pioneers moved on to the next round in the tournament.
On the second day of the Southwest Tournament, the girls played Marionville on Dec. 28. Marionville was a good team and kept up with the Lady Pioneers for a bit. Then the girls ran away with another big win, 56-27, which advanced them to the finals.
On Dec. 30 the girls played Cassville in the finals. The girls struggled in the first half against Cassville. In the second half, they pulled it together and got a big win, 49-27. At the end of the tournament, sophomore Katilyn Caswell received an all-tournament team award, and junior Alyssa McCarty received the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament award.
On Jan. 3 the Lady Pioneers played Decatur at home. The girls knew that they had to prepare for the game for the next night [against Harrison], but they had to get one game done at a time. The girls got it done and won 50-19.
On Jan. 4 the Lady Pioneers took on the Harrison Lady Goblins in Harrison. The girls knew they needed this big win on the road. The girls got in some foul trouble early -- Kaltiyn Caswell (11), Shelby Still (10), and Brynn Cordeiro (30) -- in the game. The girls got the job done and came home with a big conference win over the Lady Goblins, 45-39.
The Lady Pioneers were 16-0 and 2-0 in the conference, going into Friday's game at Gravette. The Lady Pioneers were to play after the Pioneers due to it being Gravette's Homecoming.