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Cavaliers clobber Pioneers
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With the Warren County High School boys basketball team limping into Cookeville having lost seven of its last nine games, the Cavaliers seemed to smell blood in the water.
Cookeville pounced on the Pioneers early, scoring the first eight points and building a 20-point first-quarter cushion en route to blowing out Warren County 77-45 Friday night.
Warren County, which fell to 14-15 with its latest loss, never seemed to show up in Cookeville when the two teams took the court Friday night.
The Cavaliers rolled off the first eight points and needed just three minutes to build a double-digit lead.
Senior Mitchell McCorkle, who came off the bench for the first time this season, had the only offensive highlight in the first quarter when he sank a 3-pointer.
The long bomb didn’t phase the Cavaliers though as the home team led 28-7 after the first quarter.
Cookeville continued to expand the lead in the second quarter, leading by as many as 25 points, before McCorkle and Tucker Smith each scored four points to bring it to 46-24 going into halftime.
Jacob Reagan scored five of his seven points in the third quarter, including swishing a 3-pointer, but Cookeville outscored Warren County 14-6 to lead by 30 points entering the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers emptied their bench in the fourth quarter and Pioneer senior Hunter Adams got a chance to shine. Adams scored six points in the fourth quarter, getting to the basket at will for layups.
Even the late outburst from Adams couldn’t make a dent in the Cookeville lead as the Cavaliers pulled away to win by 32 points.
Adams led the Pioneers in scoring with 12 points. McCorkle was next in line with 10.
Though the Pioneers took it on the chin in Cookeville, all wasn’t lost Friday night. Warren County got a big break when the White County Warriors defeated Coffee County in District 6-AAA action.
The loss by the Red Raiders means the Pioneers will face off against Coffee County in the play-in game of the District 6-AAA tournament. Warren County’s only wins in district this season came by sweeping the Red Raiders in the regular season.
Thursday’s play-in game is a win-or-go-home scenario for the Pioneers. A loss means the season is finished. A win moves Warren County into the semifinals against Cookeville and guarantees a regional berth. Tip-off Thursday is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Pioneers conclude the regular season tomorrow night when the team plays host to Van Buren County on Pink Out Night. Action begins with a girls game at 6 p.m. The boys are slated to start at 7:30 p.m.