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Downed by DeKalb... again
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The third time proved not to be the charm for the Pioneers Tuesday night.The Warren County High School boys basketball team lost for the third time to the DeKalb County Tigers this season, falling 67-48 at Charlie Dalton Gym.Warren County (10-13) was looking to turn the tide against the Tigers, but instead DeKalb County finished a three-game sweep of the Pioneers for the second time in three years.The Pioneers had previously lost to DeKalb County Nov. 20 in Smithville 60-55 and in the Sun Drop Romp Christmas tournament 61-41, but a hot start by the home team looked like it may finally give Warren County an edge.The Pioneers scored the first seven points, including five points from Lee Carden and senior Tucker Smith delighting the crowd with a dunk. Smith would continue his high-flying act in the first quarter with another slam and an acrobatic layup that kept the Pioneers in front 13-11 after the Tigers made a surge.Stephen Howell gave DeKalb County a brief lead with a 3-pointer, but another basket by Carden started a 6-0 Pioneer run to end the quarter. D’Andre League added a layup and Trace Taylor sank two free throws with 2.1 seconds left as Warren County led 19-14 at the first break.The turning point came with 4:53 left in the second quarter while Warren County clung to a 21-18 advantage.