Warren County was looking to break out of its four-game skid Friday night when Cumberland County visited Charlie Dalton Gym.
Unfortunately, the Pioneers had no such luck.
The Jets would down the Pioneers on their home floor and fly away with a win, 56-33.
Not a single Pioneer would score in double digits, but a total of 10 pioneers did score. The top Pioneer scorer was Isaac Golden with five.
The Jets set the tone from the opening tip by running, but Warren County responded early and kept up with the Jets step for step. Neither team shot the lights out in the first quarter and it was very close when it came to shots at the basket. The Jets would pull away by hitting their mark on two key 3-pointers to help push the lead to 12-7 at the end of the first.
Warren County missed several baskets in transition right in front of the rim after picking off careless passes from the Jet offense. More full-court pressure by the Jets created confusion on the Warren County side of the ball.
Poor passing and bad decision making by the Pioneers had the coach from Cumberland County yelling at his players to push the tempo even faster -- and the Jets did.
With the Pioneers not finishing at the front of the rim, it was 27-12 Cumberland County at the half.
WCHS coach Chris Sullens was scratching his head looking for a way to get shots to fall. The Pioneers struggled inside and outside. Warren County was never able to settle into any type of rhythm the first half. Maybe Warren County could get turned around in the second half.
Cumberland County started exactly where it had left off, with its foot to the floor and running wide open. Warren County looked fresh to start the third but quickly lost momentum when the shots were still not falling.
Frustration fouls off Jet rebounds were starting to add up and the Jets spent a lot of time at the free-throw line much of the second half. The Pioneers quickly became flat-footed and were getting out jumped underneath.
Coach Sullens could see the frustration and realized he needed fresher legs in the fourth quarter so in came the bench for Warren County. Brendan Breedlove quickly scored inside off the bench giving an instant spark to his team.
On the very next possession for Warren County, McCall Turner would step back and pull the trigger on a 3-pointer that would hit its mark. Alex Yates would drive hard to the lane and hit a short-range jumper in front of the rim, and Alex Cripps would draw a hard foul and make good on both free throws. Warren County had its best quarter in the fourth scoring 14 total points in the final period but the three previous quarters told the story.
Too much Jet offense and lack thereof for the Pioneers and the final score in McMinnville was Cumberland County over Warren County 56-33.
Warren County will be on the road for its next three games versus White County, Cookeville, and Rhea County. The Pioneers will play their final home game of the season Feb. 6 versus Stone Memorial with the girls tip-off at 6 p.m. and the boys game to follow.
PIONEER SCORING – Isaac Golden 5, Isaiah Grayson 4, Alex Yates 4, Joelah Solomon 4, Carlos Villegas 3, McCall Turner 3, Jack Davidson 3, Alex Cripps 2, Brendan Breedlove 2, Christian Wilkinson 2
JET TOP SCORERS – Silas Clark 14, Diego Poore 10