If the Warren County High School boys could score 51 points against Coffee County, the Pioneers would be in business.
Warren County lost its third game to Coffee County this season, this time 50-46 in overtime Friday night at Charlie Dalton Gym.
In the previous two meetings, the Pioneers lost 50-28 and 50-38. The Pioneers are scoring more points in each matchup and Coffee County is scoring 50.
The Pioneers (10-13) did enough to win, but sputtered at a few key moments in overtime. Nate Elrod gave Warren County the lead in OT when he converted a 3-point play with 2:30 left to put the Pioneers on top, 46-45. But the team wouldn’t score again.
Warren County missed two foul shots with 2:10 left that could have extended the lead to 3 points, but instead kept the score 46-45.
Trailing by 1 a minute later, the Pioneers missed an open layup that would have given them the lead.
Still down by 1 point, 47-46, with :25 left, the Pioneers allowed Coffee County to steal the ball on the perimeter and had to commit a foul in the open floor to prevent a layup. The Red Raiders made 1-of-2 to go ahead 48-46.
Warren County then missed a late shot with 6.1 left and was forced to foul when Coffee County grabbed the rebound. Two Aidan Abellana free throws accounted for the final 50-46 margin.
Treyton Terry led the Pioneers in scoring with 12. Kaden Desmaris and Isaiah Cummings each scored 10.
It looked like Warren County might eke out a district win in the final minutes of regulation up 41-38. But a layup by Phineas Rollman and 3-pointer from the corner by Dayne Crosslin gave Coffee County a 43-41 lead.
Isaiah Cummings then made a big shot for the Pioneers on a strong move to the lane. He elevated from 10-feet out and nailed a jumper to tie it 43-43 with 1:00 left. Neither team would score again in regulation.
WCHS senior Eli Kuykendall made two key plays late. He took a charge with 4.l left in regulation to prevent a potential score as Coffee County was driving to the hoop.
In overtime, Kuykendall kept a rebound alive, eventually getting the ball to Elrod for his 3-point play that put the Pioneers ahead.
The loss drops Warren County to 2-6 in district play, while Coffee County improves to 6-2.
WARREN COUNTY – Treyton Terry 12, Isaiah Cummings 10, Kaden Desmaris 10, Sawyer Seymour 8, Nate Elrod 4, Eli Kuykendall 2 COFFEE COUNTY – Connor Shemwell 17, Brady Nugent 11, Phineas Rollman 8, Dayne Crosslin 7, Cooper Reed 3, Aidan Abellana 2, Jackson Vaughn 2