Lady Pioneers Suffer First Loss of Season

By: Nick Kieser

GALLATIN, TENNESSEE — Over the weekend on Nov. 2 the Lady Pioneers dropped their first game of the year against Snead State Community College 72-60.  At the halfway point of the game the score was 42-30 in favor of Snead State.

"I was disappointed in our defense and our inability to box out rebounds.  I thought we showed a lot of fight and resilience, but I think the parts of the game where we really had to have some focus we needed to do a better job of that," said head coach Otis Key.

In the first game of the season, the start of the game was fast and Key noted that it wasn't as aggressive this time around in the game against Snead State.

Stats against Snead

Shalaya Armstead finished atop the Lady Pioneers in scoring with 17 points to close the game as one of the starters.

"Shalaya had a good game.  Missed a few free throws and got down on herself and never could pull herself out of that hole.  She probably could have finished that game with thirty plus if she made those free throws," said Key.

Behind Armstead was Aliyah Miller with 14 points to end the one road game stint.

"I think that she needs to be more aggressive.  For her talent level those are pretty pedestrian numbers.  She is way more talented than the numbers show, and I'm waiting for her to flip that switch.  When that happens her numbers could be ridiculous," said Key.

Next game

"We are going to spend a lot of time practicing.  We are going to re-hone some skills, pay attention to detail, and just try to re-tool since this is the only time until Christmas where we can take time and fix some things," said Key.

Next up on the schedule the Lady Pioneers have a game at home Nov. 12 against Northeast Mississippi Community College at 5:30 p.m.