There’s a championship basketball team in Warren County.
The Pioneer freshman team battled back from a halftime deficit to defeat Stone Memorial in the 6AAA Tournament finals Saturday at Charlie Dalton Gym.
Tournament MVP Sloan Seymour played big down the stretch and helped Warren County to a 49-46 victory.
Pioneer Ethan Smith finished as the game-high scorer with 18 points, while Seymour added 13. They both made the all-tournament team along with teammates Jamison Holt and Joel Garcia.
Stone Memorial was up 28-20 at the half, but Warren County battled back to trail by just one point, 37-36, entering the final quarter. It would be a slugfest to the final buzzer.
Seymour would shoulder the scoring burden in the final minutes. He drove the lane and got a contested jumper to fall before draining a 3-pointer from the top of the key. He then knocked down a second 3-pointer to put the Pioneers on top, 46-44.
Stone Memorial couldn’t score on its trip down the floor and Warren County snatched the rebound. With 2:00 left, the Pioneers spread the floor and tried to run out the clock.
Stone Memorial wasn’t eager to foul as the Panthers chased the Pioneers around the court for more than a minute. With the defense stretched thin, a wide open Austin Newby was found under the basket. Newby caught the pass in the air and made a layup before ever touching the floor and Warren County was up 48-44 with :50 left.
Down by four, Stone Memorial looked disoriented on the offensive end. The Panthers finally launched a 3-pointer that was off the mark, but Stone Memorial was able to chase down the rebound.
Stone Memorial finally broke through the defense for a layup with :14 left and it was a 48-46 game.
With :07 left, Newby was fouled and he made his first free throw for a 49-46 lead. He missed his second and Stone Memorial grabbed the rebound.
Warren County had three fouls to give before putting Stone Memorial on the free-throw line and the Pioneers fouled twice in the backcourt. That left Stone Memorial with just :04 on the clock, and still in the backcourt. The Panthers couldn’t get a decent look as the Pioneers prevailed and raced off the court in celebration.
WARREN COUNTY – Ethan Smith 18, Sloan Seymour 13, Austin Newby 7, Jamison Holt 6, Dillon Young 3, Joel Garcia 2
STONE MEMORIAL – Brett Newcome 15, Garrett Magnusson 15, Justin Headrick 10, Jared Van Winkle 6.