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Getting gritty
Pioneers bounce back strong from tough loss
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Warren County High School Pioneer Irving Espinoza makes a quick pass in Tuesdays home game against Rhea County.
With :51 left Tuesday night, the WCHS boys basketball team had a 1-point lead over Rhea County when they fouled Isaiah Grayson who made one from the charity stripe, 49-47, and the Pioneers found themselves in a heated last-minute battle once again after a tough last-second OT loss to Cookeville.Thirty-six seconds remained and the Pioneers had the rock after the Golden Eagles turned it back over to Warren County without scoring as the Pioneer D came through in the clutch.Rhea County’s only option was to foul, and Pioneer Tyree Ladet went to the line and made it a 50-47 Warren County lead which would turn out to be the final score as Rhea County’s outside buzzer beater in the closing seconds wasn’t even close.“It was a tough, gritty performance,” said Warren County (10-8, 1-2) head coach Chris Sullens. “As we told them all weekend, and Monday in practice and before the game, we would not allow one tough loss to define who we are as a team. Every individual and every team is going to have adversity in life and on the court.

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