Moving from county basketball to Central Tennessee Conference play hasn’t been an easy transition for the Warren County Middle School sixth-grade basketball teams.
The Lady Pioneers are currently 3-6 this season after Tuesday’s 39-6 loss at Algood, while the Pioneers are also 3-6 following a nail-biting 27-26 loss against Algood.
"(Switching to CTC) has allowed the boys to face tougher competition across the board," said WCMS boys coach Justin Adcock. "They are getting to see the talent they will face in high school, and at the end of the day, preparing our players for high school is our biggest priority.
"I have been pleased with the transition and feel it will only help our middle school and high school programs become stronger."
While the wins haven’t piled up, there have been a few highlights from the season, including Carter Simpson emerging as an offensive maestro for the Pioneers.
Simpson had his finest outing against Tullahoma West last week, scoring a season-high 28 points in a 33-18 victory. Simpson has always been tough to stop going to the rim, but his improving outside jumper – he hit a deep 3-pointer against West – makes him more explosive offensively.
Lady Pioneer coach Leanne Morrison has tried to get her team defending at a high level. Knowing each game has to be a slugfest for the Lady Pioneers to keep pace, Warren County has worked diligently on defending without fouling, boxing out and securing rebounds.
The next step will be breaking the press.
“We’ve had trouble when teams press us. We’re still learning – at this age, it’s about building skills and learning to play the right way. The girls are listening and working hard,” said Morrison.
Warren County will be back at home Friday for a matchup with Algood. Action is set to tip-off at 6 p.m.