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No consolation for Pioneers
Pioneer point guard Treyton Terry, shown in first-round action of the Sonic Shootout, scored 9 points in the consolation round of the tournament on Wednesday. - photo by Taylor Moore

White County played bad Santa on Wednesday in the Sonic Shootout.

The Warriors snatched a win from Warren County by pulling away before halftime and holding on for a 70-59 victory in the consolation round of the tournament played in Sparta.

Kaden Rutledge led the Pioneers with 14 points, followed by Isaiah Cummings with 11.

Warren County finished 1-2 in the threegame tournament and now stands at 7-6 for the season. It’s been somewhat of an inconsistent year for the Pioneers after a 4-0 start that included big road wins at Tullahoma and Smithville.

In the Sonic Shootout, a monster second quarter was the difference for White County as the Warriors put 25 points on the board to build a 43-28 halftime lead. While White County was firing on all cylinders, the Pioneers only made three shots from the floor and added five free throws for a total of 11 points in the second quarter.

The game didn’t come down to the wire like the first matchup Nov. 30 in McMinnville. In that game, White County made a 3-pointer at the end to win, 46-43.

Round two wasn’t as close, but the Pioneers will have one more chance to beat their border rival when they collide Jan. 31 in Sparta. The teams are no longer in the same district, but they remain fierce foes.

WARREN COUNTY – Kaden Rutledge 14, Isaiah Cummings 11, Sawyer Seymour 9, Treyton Terry 9, Eli Kuykendall 6, Nate Elrod 5, Braylon Grayson 3, Kaden Desmaris 2 WHITE COUNTY – Tomas Paul 21, Jake Davis 19, Japeth Richmond 12, Malaki Dowell 8, Tripp Pinion 4, Thomas Brock 3, Javen Strode 3