By TIM TUTOR/Sports Editor Sandwiched in between losses to 6A Northwest Rankin (1-0) and 6A Brandon (3-0), the 4A Pontotoc Lady Warriors (3-3-1) defeated the Madison/St. Joseph Lady Bruins 2-0 Saturday afternoon in the Ridgeland Tournament played in Brandon. “We played well in all three games,” said Lady Warrior head coach Marty Pettit. “Every year I try to schedule about five or six games at the front end of the season that we are not supposed to win. “Our three losses this year have been to Tupelo (6A), Northwest Rankin and Brandon, who would all be top-10 teams.” The St. Joe win Within the first 15 minutes of play in Saturday’s game against Saint Joseph’s Lady Bruins, the Lady Warriors of Pontotoc High had gained a 1-0 lead. Freshman Shelby Drop crossed one in to senior center forward Hannah Drope who headed the ball into the back of the net. “It was an absolute beautiful shot,” said Lady Warrior head coach Marty Pettit. “It was really, really pretty. She just redirected it with her head.” About two minutes later, freshman Rebekah Miller, with an unassisted shot, made it 2-0. “It was a really nice shot off on the left-hand side of the goal from about 18 yards out,” Pettit said. With sophomore Emily Munn at keeper, Coach Pettit talked up his Lady Warrior defense. “Our defense has been really solid this year,” he said, while noting the play of juniors Keri Anna Stephens and Hannah Holland, freshman Karlee Grisham and seventh grader Abby Tidwell. “Those four back there with Emily have been pretty potent. We felt pretty good about it and were able to play a lot of kids in that game.” Coming up The Lady Warriors were scheduled to have played at Lafayette County on Monday of this week and at home — down in “The Ditch” — on Tuesday vs. Amory. Pontotoc travels to Tupelo on Thursday and at the Newton County Round Robin this Saturday, before starting division play on the road at Tishomingo County on Dec. 17.


Tim Tutor

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