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Big time adversity does not hinder the Lady Pioneers from passing up Pocahontas Monday night

During the Junior High game, two ninth-graders took the bulk of the work to defeat Pocahontas on Monday night. 

Abby Hurley and Kayla Ward ended scoring 20 and 14 points respectively for the Junior Lady Pioneers in a 39-27 win at Pioneer Gymnasium.

The Lady Pioneers overcame some big-time adversity in the Senior High game that was riddled with a total of 43 foul calls.

The foul count was 17-6 at the end of the first half that included a foul each for both benches and Batesville got the whistle for the majority of the time.

Pocahontas went to the stripe 13 times and was 11/25 for 44 percent free-throw shooting at the end of two quarters.

Four out of the five starters for Coach Stan Fowler were in foul trouble at the end of the first half.

Sophomore Taylor Rush, Juniors Izzy Higginbottom, Jalise Stewart, and Riley Freeman all had three apiece before the intermission.

Stewart received her fifth foul within the first five seconds of the fourth quarter and had to sit on the bench for the rest of the game.

Freeman and Rush both ended the game with four fouls and sophomore Chloe Trusty put in some quality minutes off the bench for Stewart and ended the game with four as well.

That adversity did not stop the Lady Pioneers from evoking the sportsmanship rule with approximately 3:30 seconds left in the game and they went on to take the victory by a final of 82-46.

Higginbottom hit 14 field goals and went 8/8 from the foul line to lead the scoring with a total of 35 points and sophomore Taylor Rush added in 14.

The Lady Pioneers remain undefeated in 4A-3 play with a record of 8-0 and improve their overall record to 19-1.

The Lady Pioneers will host the Westside Lady Warriors on Thursday in a conference match up with tip-off scheduled around 7 p.m. on 93 KZLE and also streaming live on and the new White River Now mobile app. 

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