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Pioneers can clinch No. 2 spot
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Aiden Cummings and the Pioneer basketball team can clinch second place in the district.

It's come down to a simple scenario. If the WCHS boys basketball team wins Saturday night against Rhea County, the Pioneers will finish second in the district.

"Our focus is on winning Saturday, finishing 5-3 and finishing second in the district," said WCHS coach Chris Sullens. "There are other scenarios, but we only want to think about the one that involves us winning."

Sullens says the Pioneers can finish no worse than third. That means Warren County will avoid the district tournament play-in game and automatically advance to the region tournament.

The Pioneers suffered a tough loss Tuesday night in Cookeville, falling to the Cavs 61-57. Warren County's C.J. Taylor was the game-high scorer with 26.

"It was a one-possession game and we had an opportunity to tie it but we missed an easy shot in transition off a steal," said Sullens. "They get the rebound and throw a long pass and suddenly what could have been a tie game becomes a four-point game. We had the opportunities but we couldn't get it done."

Other Pioneer scorers were Lacedric Cox with 13, Aiden Cummings and Irving Espinoza with 7, and Dee Spates with 4.

The Pioneers face Rhea County in a makeup game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Charlie Dalton Gym. The girls play at 6 p.m.