The Warren County Pioneers picked up another valuable district win Friday night versus Rhea County. The win did not come easy for Warren County and the teams went into the locker rooms at the half locked at 25-25.
The Pioneers came out strong in the second half and dismantled the Golden Eagles throughout the third quarter. Warren County outscored Rhea County 17-7 in the third and built a lead the Golden Eagles could not catch.
Warren County grounded the Eagles for the second time this season by a final score of 60-44.
Said WCHS head coach Chris Sullens, “We are proud of our group and we fully expect to win on our home floor. They finished well and executed our game plan. They did exactly what we as coaches ask them to do.”
Isaiah Grayson led all scorers with a game-high 24 points. He was a scoring threat in each of the four quarters versus Rhea County.
Trevor Gaines was right behind Grayson with 23 points. The high-octane duo combined for 47 and outscored the entire Golden Eagle team by three points.
The Pioneers came out for the second half and went on a 7-0 scoring run to start the third.
Baylor Dulaney for Rhea County was left open near the free-throw line and the defense never came to contest the open shot. He ended the drought for Rhea County and Warren County led 32-27.
Warren County responded inside and Gaines went to work against the Golden Eagle defense. The Pioneers led 34-27.
Rhea County would fight back to cut the lead to two, 34-32. The Pioneers started to increase the tempo and scored inside for a 36-32 lead with 1:47 to play in the quarter.
Warren County turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions. Finally Grayson picked up a loose ball and drove inside the lane straight to the rim. He got the contact and the shot dropped for a 38-32 lead. He hit the and-1 and the Pioneer lead was 39-32.
With time running out, Rhea County turned the ball over in its front court. Grayson picked it up and with seconds to play he hoisted a long 3-pointer at nearly full speed. The buzzer sounded and the shot dropped. Warren County fans came to their feet and erupted. The Pioneers led 42-32 after three.
Warren County continued to dominate through the final period. Gaines led the fourth with seven and Grayson added six. Warren County emptied the bench with just over two minutes to play.
Wesley Jennings and Lucas Patrick scored just before the end of the fourth.
The Golden Eagles put up a valiant effort and played two solid quarters of basketball. The final two quarters for Rhea County left the Golden Eagles grounded and the Pioneers took a 60-44 district win over the Golden Eagles.
Coach Sullens added, “We will be ready on Tuesday night to celebrate our seniors who helped us take a step in the right direction with this program.”
The Pioneers play their home finale Tuesday versus Coffee County in what will be senior night. Game time will follow the Lady Pioneers scheduled for 6 p.m.
PIONEER SCORING – Isaiah Grayson 24, Trevor Gaines 23, Krojhn Calbert 5, Lorenzo Wilson 4, Wesley Jennings 2, Isaac Golden 1, Lucas Patrick 1
GOLDEN EAGLE SCORING – Noel Patterson 18, Gavin Stewart 8, Jordan Wilkerson 5, Baylor Dulaney 4, Cameron Travis 3, Westin Ray 3, Matt Levi 3.