The Warren County Pioneer freshman boys were ready to redeem themselves Monday night in their season finale home game versus the Cannon County Lions. Warren County came in after a tough loss in overtime against Rhea County last Friday night, but they responded with a convincing win, 56-39.
Lucas Patrick led all scorers with 13 points with every Pioneer on the roster scoring but one.
Warren County controlled the game right from the opening tip. Patrick carried the load in the first quarter putting up seven of his 13-point total from deep inside the paint and the free-throw line. Play did start to look less than stellar at the end of the first, but Warren County was out to an early 11-6 lead.
Cannon County opened the second quarter with a deep 3-point bomb that was right on target and suddenly the lead was cut to two. Tyree Ladet stole the ball off full-court pressure and scored.
Cannon County inbounded and the ball and it was immediately stolen as Christian Locke got the easy bucket of the misplayed ball by the Lions. Cannon County was having a lot of trouble with the full-court press as Warren County had the slight size advantage.
Another turnover and the Warren County lead was 24-14 with 3:34 to play before the half. It was a flurry of turnovers and loose balls to close the first half with a few free throws in between. Cannon County would get the last shot to end the half but it was from very deep, and would not be close.
With a score of 28-16, Warren County was in control of the game. After starting the third quarter with an 8-0 run, Cannon County would finally connect on a deep 3-point shot to provide a spark. Warren County scored inside and Cannon County began showing frustration as a Lion was hit with a technical foul. Chance Hobbs would hit both to extend the lead to 38-19 and retain possession of the ball.
On the ensuing possession, Warren County’s shot was off, but Hobbs rebounded and he was fouled. He then hit one of two and the score was 39-19 and Cannon County threw the ball away on the inbounds and the Pioneers score again, 41-19.
Warren County is outrunning the Lions to the loose balls and cleaning up the boards on rebounds. Late in the third quarter Cannon County can’t find an answer for the constant pressure on the ball and the size advantage inside. The end of the third came with a flurry of bad passes and turnovers and just poor shot selection on both sides of the ball, and at the end of three quarters of play, Warren County was up 49-23.
Cannon County comes out in the fourth firing and connects on a long distance 3-point shot, but Warren County responds with a basket, 51-26. Cannon County Lion Dale Thompson scores in deep for Cannon County but the Pioneers respond, 53-28. Cannon County will not overcome the large deficit trading baskets with Warren County. The Lions need stops on defense.
Warren County wisely starts to use some of the clock but winds up turning the ball over in the process. Late down the stretch Cannon County Lion Dalton Morris would hit on back-to-back 3-point shots from well behind the arch to make it, 56-39.
But with under a minute to go, the Lions are just running out of time and the younger Pioneers ran out the remaining time for Warren County.
PIONEER SCORING – Lucas Patrick 13, Chance Hobbs 8, Caleb Newby 8, Christian Locke 4, Brayton Kelsey 4, Bunker Brock 4, Douglas Nelson 4, Lane Murphy 3, Tyree Ladet 2, Thomas Judkins 2, Wesley Jennings 2, Noah Campbell 2
LIONS TOP SCORERS – Austin Duggin 11, Dale Thompson 8, Dalton Morris 7