Warren County Middle School boys coach Adam Wood was so sick Thursday he wasn’t able to go to his team’s game in Tullahoma. Fortunately the same 24-hour virus didn’t effect Pioneer post Krojhn Calbert.
Calbert was the driving force behind two Warren County wins as the eighth-grade post scored 18 points in a 42-31 victory over DeKalb County Friday and put in 11 points as the Pioneers toppled Tullahoma 37-30 Thursday.
Coach Wood was back on the sidelines Friday as the Pioneers welcomed the Saints to Warren County for a day game in front of the WCMS student body.
Fans were treated to an outstanding effort from Calbert as he scored from everywhere on the court against the Saints.
A dominant force at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Calbert was able to use his sheer size to score back-to-back buckets early against DeKalb County, but the powerful post showed he has more skills than just being big.
Late in the first quarter, when Warren County had run its lead to 13-5 behind a 3-pointer from Logan Wilson, Calbert pulled down and defensive rebound and decided to bring the ball up the court.
Nobody on the Saints pressured Calbert so he went coast-to-coast for a pull-up jumper to put Warren County up 10 early.
Steven Jennings shot the Saints back into the game with two long-range bombs before the end of the first quarter, but Calbert went back to work in the second period.
Calbert scored six straight points to start the quarter, then Wilson added a short jumper as Warren County went ahead 23-16.
Isaac Golden was able to make it a double-digit lead going into halftime has he banked in a straight-away 3-pointer in the closing minute of the second quarter.
The long ball continued to be a weapon for the Pioneers in the second half as Golden and A.D. Majors each hit from deep to start the third quarter.
With Warren County showing its accuracy from the outside, Calbert had more room to work on the block and he responded with six more points in the third quarter.
After totaling 18 points in the first three quarters, coach Wood had Calbert join him on the bench in the final quarter as the Pioneers led 40-24.
DeKalb County never threatened despite Warren County scoring just two points in the final quarter, a layup by Kyle Fowler.
Golden finished with 10 points in the victory over DeKalb County, followed by Majors with seven, Wilson with five and Fowler with two.
Thursday’s game against Tullahoma marked the coaching debut of Isaac Slatton as he filled in for coach Wood. Slatton knew what was working for the Pioneers as Calbert carried Warren County to its second of three wins last week.
Calbert scored 11 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, as the Pioneers beat its Central Tennessee Conference foe.
Golden and Brendon Breedlove added seven apiece, followed by Majors and Wilson with six each.
Warren County will be off next week for Thanksgiving break.