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Pioneers expected to secure top district tournament seed

The Warren County High School Pioneer basketball team is expected to earn the No. 1 seed in this week’s district tournament when coaches meet Monday to set the brackets.

The Pioneers finished their district schedule Tuesday with a 6-2 record after falling to Cookeville on Senior Night at Charlie Dalton Gym.

The White County boys won Friday night against Stone Memorial, beating the Panthers 64-58 in Sparta. With the win, White County finishes its district schedule with a 6-2 record.

Head-to-head matchups are the first tiebreaker. The Pioneers and Warriors split their regular-season series, with each team winning on the other’s home court.

The next tiebreaker is total points allowed against district opponents. Warren County has allowed 434 points to district teams this year, an average of 54.3 points per game.

After White County’s game against Stone Memorial, the Warriors have allowed 455 total points to district teams this year, an average of 56.9 points per game.

By virtue of allowing fewer points, the Pioneers are expected to receive the No. 1 seed in the district tournament, which is scheduled to start Tuesday. The Pioneers are expected to see their first tournament action Thursday at home.

In girls competition, the Lady Pioneers finished with a 2-6 district record and secured the No. 4 seed. The Warren County girls are expected to play host to No. 5 seed Rhea County in a play-in game Tuesday night at Charlie Dalton Gym.

The Lady Pioneers have beaten Rhea County twice this year by convincing margins and have been playing well down the stretch.