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Five Pioneers named to all-district team
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Following a 15-15 season which saw the Warren County High School boys basketball team finish 2-6 in District 6-AAA, five Pioneers were honored as all-district selections.
Warren County finished with the most players recognized in the five-team district, led by first-team honoree Hunter Daniel.
Junior Nick Simmons was selected on the second team and seniors Mitchell McCorkle and Jacob Reagan joined junior Tucker Smith on the third team.
Daniel was the scoring leader for the Pioneers despite coming off the bench most of the season. Daniel finished his senior year with a scoring average of 11.6 points per game.
Daniel scored a career-high 30 points against Walker Valley in Warren County’s second game of the season and finished with double digits in 18 of the Pioneers’ 30 games.
In district play, Daniel had his biggest game in a 38-36 victory over Coffee County at home. Daniel scored 16 points, including hitting clutch free throws down the stretch to ultimately lead Warren County to victory.
Along with being the team’s leading scorer, Daniel ranked among the team leaders in rebounds and steals. Daniel finished his career just shy of the 1,000-point mark.
Daniel was named to the all-tournament teams in the District 6-AAA tournament, Sun Drop Romp and Watertown Christmas Classic.
Simmons burst onto the scene this season after going largely unnoticed as a sophomore playing behind two senior starters.
The 6-foot-7 center seemed to hit his stride in the Watertown Christmas Classic where he was named the tournament Most Valuable Player in a first-place finish for the Pioneers.
Simmons continued his stellar play when district play began in December. Simmons posted a season-high 16 points against Cumberland County in the Pioneers’ final home game.
Simmons was the team’s fourth-leading scorer, finishing the season with an average of six points per game. Simmons was the team’s top rebounder and shot blocker as well.
McCorkle was a staple in the starting lineup for coach Malcolm Montgomery’s team this year. The floor general for the Pioneers finished the season with a scoring average of 5.3 points per game and led the team in assists.
In a home loss to Cookeville, McCorkle was the bright spot for the Pioneers. The senior point guard finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. McCorkle was recognized as an all-tournament performer in the Watertown Christmas Classic.
Reagan came into the season after finishing his junior year as an all-district and all-region performer. An ankle injury slowed Reagan at the start of the season and another ankle injury in the Watertown Christmas Classic seemed to keep the Pioneers’ shooting guard from being full strength this season.
Reagan played through pain to finish third on the team in scoring with 6.5 points per game and provided steady defense for the Pioneers. Reagan scored a season-high 17 points in an overtime win over DeKalb County in early December.
Reagan earned all-tournament in the Sun Drop Romp by helping the Pioneers to a third-place finish.
Smith was another Pioneer who went unrecognized in the paint last season playing behind two upperclassmen. This year, Smith took advantage of more playing time by finishing second on the team in scoring and rebounding.
Before a shoulder injury in DeKalb County slowed Smith down the stretch, the junior post put together a string of five games in late December and early January where he averaged 12.5 points per game.
The six-game stretch was highlighted by a 20-point performance in a 61-44 victory over Cannon County. Also during the run, Smith was named to the Watertown Christmas Classic all-tournament team.
Simmons and Smith will return next season to try to help the Pioneers bounce back from a fifth-place finish in District 6-AAA.
Daniel, Reagan and McCorkle each went out with recognition for their contributions to the Pioneers in their senior seasons.