After a gut-wrenching loss to Wilson Central earlier in the week, the Warren County Pioneers responded Thursday night with a convincing 78-47 win over the DeKalb County Tigers.
It was all Warren County right from the start and a 30-point explosion in the third quarter helped the Pioneers cement the win in Smithville.
WCHS coach Chris Sullens said, “This is the first time in 12 years we have swept DeKalb County. It was a nice win after such a tough loss at home and we got 12 players in the stat sheet.”
Pioneer Trevor Gaines unleashed the beast and attacked the Tiger defense. He led all scorers with a game-high 19 points.
Warren County went into the locker room at the half with a five-point lead, 30-25. The Tigers never expected what would happen next. The Pioneers came out and fired on all cylinders and the offense ran like a well-oiled machine.
Isaac Golden started the game with a 3-pointer. He started the second half in the exact same manner -- with a 3-point bomb over the defense. His shot sparked Warren County on both ends of the floor and the route was on. The Pioneers outscored the Tigers 30-10 in the third quarter and coach Sullens fanned the flames.
Many of the third-quarter points came off turnovers that were quickly returned in the other direction. Isaiah Grayson attacked the defense off the dribble and it landed him in front of the rim. Chance Hobbs used his ability and quickness to drive to the basket. He pulled up just shy of the paint and fired a quick jumper too tough to defend for DeKalb County.
Warren County attacked the Tiger defense in the post. Gaines made huge gains in the third as he beat up the inside for four of his 19 points. He shot 3-of-4 from the free-throw line after he drew the contact from the DeKalb County defense.
Caleb Newby and Joelah Solomon got in close and dropped in a basket each before the end of the quarter. The ball went inside and quickly kicked out to a wide open Holden Baker, who spotted up and delivered a 3-pointer over the late-to-react Tiger defense.
It was a much more dismal situation on the other end of the floor for the DeKalb County faithful. Many trips down the floor resulted in blocked shots and turnovers by the Tiger offense. By the end of the third quarter Warren County had opened the game up and led the Tigers 60-35.
The Pioneer front five returned to the floor and started the fourth strong. Just minutes into the fourth coach Sullens emptied his bench.
Wesley Jennings came off the bench and chalked up his second 3-pointer of the game. Lucas Patrick attacked the glass and came up with a loose ball. He put it right back up for two of his four points.
Christian Locke turned the corner on the defense and went baseline. He pulled up just shy of the paint a hit the six-foot floater over the Tiger defender. Bunker Brock and Hobbs added a pair of baskets before the clock expired.
Warren County looked faster and fresher in the second half. The Pioneers delivered a 30-point third quarter and cemented the 78-47 win over the Tigers.
PIONEER SCORING – Trevor Gaines 19, Isaiah Grayson 9, Holden Baker 8, Chance Hobbs 8, Krojhn Calbert 8, Isaac Golden 6, Wesley Jennings 6, Lucas Patrick 4, Bunker Brock 2, Caleb Newby 2, Christian Locke 2, Joelah Solomon 2, Tyree Ladet 2
TIGER SCORING – Noah Parson 8, Tanner Doss 7, Austin Johnson 6, Troy Jones 6, Ethan Martin 5, Marshel Evins 5, Gentry Harpole 5, Cotter Norris 3, Ethan Cantrell 2