Cookeville took round one in the matchup of District 6-AAA heavyweights Saturday night.
The Cavaliers, led by their backcourt of Jacob Reeves and Bailey Gilliam with 15 points apiece, extended their winning streak to 14 games with a 66-52 victory over the Pioneers.
Cookeville improved to 19-4 overall and 3-0 in district with the win. The Cavaliers were able to pick apart the Pioneers 1-3-1 zone for open looks and stymied the Warren County offense to 15 points below its season scoring average. Cookeville never trailed after Alex Garrett hit a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left in the first quarter to push the home team to a 17-14 lead.
Sloan Seymour and Irving Espinoza shared the team lead with 11 points for Warren County, which trailed 33-23 at halftime and could never dent the deficit in the second half. Tyree Ladet added 8, followed by Isaiah Grayson and Chance Hobbs with 7 points each.
Tempers flared in the second half. Pioneer coach Chris Sullens was assessed a technical in third quarter, followed by Grayson getting charged with an intentional foul in the fourth. On the same play, Cookeville’s Braiden Brown was T’d up while ahead by 25.
The loss was the first in district for the Pioneers, now 16-4 and 2-1 in district. Warren County gets a chance to bounce back Tuesday night at home against White County.
The rematch of the Sonic Shootout finals from December, one the Pioneers won 75-74, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Charlie Dalton Gym.