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Warriors pummel Pioneers

The wrath of Kane strikes again.
Former Warren County Middle School basketball player turned White County Warrior Kane Young has made a living torturing the Pioneers and the trend continued Friday night.
Young scored 18 points, including hitting two back-breaking buzzer beaters, to lead the Warriors to a 91-62 pounding of the Pioneers in District 6-AAA action at White County.
Warren County (10-12) hung tough with the Warriors for the first half, but the home team scored 51 points after the break to hand the Pioneers their first district loss of the season.
Young was a huge reason why White County dispatched the Pioneers in its District 6-AAA opener. Young, who left Warren County to pursue more playing time with the Warrior program, swung the momentum of the game shortly before halftime and continued crushing the Pioneers in the second half.
After Pioneer senior Kendall Rutledge trimmed the White County lead to three points with a 3-pointer before halftime, Young was able to answer in empathic fashion.
Young hit a running 3-pointer just as time expired, sending the Warriors into the locker rooms leading 40-34.
It ended a back-and-forth first half that saw the Pioneers use foul trouble for White County to their advantage.
The home team picked up 10 fouls in the first quarter, leading to Warren County sinking nine free throws.
Baskets by Rutledge, Tucker Smith and Lee Carden added to the Pioneer total as the team trailed 18-15 after eight minutes.
The Pioneers continued to claw against one of the preseason favorites to win District 6-AAA. Fittingly, Warren County took its only lead at the charity stripe midway through the second quarter.
Smith nudged the Pioneers in front 25-24 with two free throws with 4:23 to go in the first half. Simmons added one freebie a minute later to make it a two-point Pioneer advantage, but the lead wouldn’t stay with Warren County long.
White County answered with a 6-0 run, then proceeded to push the lead to 37-31 with time winding down.
Rutledge sliced the lead in half with his second 3-pointer of the second quarter, but Young responded and the rout was on.
White County wasted little time growing its lead to double digits when the second half began. Even with Smith scoring 11 points in the third quarter, including a three-point play, the Warriors continued to surge ahead.
Young walked off the court to his second standing ovation when he sank a 3-pointer from the right wing as the buzzer sounded that put the Warriors ahead 66-51.
Benches cleared in the final period as White County pushed its lead to 30 at one point in the final quarter.
Junior Dillan Wood hit a 3-pointer and a long jumper from inside the arc for the Pioneers in the final period, but they were the only highlights for Warren County as the team fell by 29.
Smith led the Pioneers with 21 points, followed by Rutledge with 17. Carden finished with nine while Simmons, who hit the game-winning shot in a 46-45 win over Coffee County last week, was held to four points.
Aided by an eight-point fourth quarter, Kordell Henderson led the Warriors with 24 points. Young had 18 as he finished in double figures for the fifth straight time against Warren County.
Warren County will step out of district play Tuesday night to play host to the DeKalb County Tigers. The Pioneers will be out for revenge after falling to the Tigers 60-55 in Smithville earlier this season. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Charlie Dalton Gym.


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