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Pioneers fall

The Warren County High School boys basketball team got to enjoy a rare win in White County High School gym last Thursday in the District 6-AAA play-in game against Coffee County, but 48 hours later the Pioneers got a reminder how hard it is to defeat the Warriors on their home court.
The top-seeded Warriors destroyed the Pioneers 82-44 Saturday night, ending any chance Warren County could run the table to claim the district tournament title.
Warren County (13-19) was hopeful a 51-50 victory over the Red Raiders Thursday would propel it to a three-game winning streak in the district tournament, but White County ended any hopes of a championship early.
The Warriors outscored the Pioneers 23-6 in the first quarter, taking a commanding lead they would never relinquish.
Warren County didn’t hit a shot from the field in the second quarter at the team’s first seven points were scored at the free-throw line. Senior Nick Simmons finally broke the streak with a layup shortly after the second quarter started as he scored 10 points in the period.
The Pioneers went into halftime trailing 37-20 and it would only get worse when the second half began. White County erupted for 32 points in the third quarter, led by 13 points from Kordell Henderson. Tucker Smith scored nine of the Pioneers’ 16 points in the period, but by the time the game entered the fourth quarter, Warren County trailed 69-36.
The Warriors enacted the mercy rule early in the fourth as the only memorable play happened when Zech Clark and Kane Young drew technical fouls after Clark fouled the White County guard hard. It capped a chippy game that featured 48 fouls and 65 free throws.
Smith led the Pioneers with 15 points in his second game back after missing the team’s last six regular season games. Simmons added 13.
Henderson paced White County with 19 points, followed by Dalton Nash with 17 and Young with 16.
With the loss, Warren County dropped into the consolation game against Cookeville played last night. The result was unavailable at press time.
The Pioneers will begin preparations today for their regional tournament contest this Saturday. A full preview of Saturday’s game, which will be at Bradley Central or Walker Valley, will be in Friday’s Southern Standard.

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