Warren County fell again to Coffee County on Tuesday 50-38 in Manchester in a tough rematch leaving the Pioneers at 1-4 in the district and the Red Raiders at 4-1.
In the previous meeting, Coffee County beat the Pioneers 50-28 in McMinnville.
Though Coffee County shooters Dayn Grosslin and Connor Shemwell together put up 33 points for the Red Raiders, the biggest hurdle for the Pioneers was foul shots. Coffee County made 70.8% of its free throws, but Warren County landed less than half of its foul shots.
Grosslin alone was 7-for-7 from the line.
Alex van Vuuren is heating up since returning from injury for the Pioneers. He led the team in scoring for the first time this season with 15. Normally a consistent scorer from the post, van Vuuren has added some range to his game and made four 3-pointers.
“I was feeling it a little bit tonight,” van Vuuren said, “but I couldn’t get anything going on the inside.”
Warren County (8-11) started hot with Keldrick Cox kicking off the scoreboard with a layup. Van Vuuren made a 3 early to make it a tie ball game in the first quarter.
Red Raider Phineas Rollman made a 3-pointer, but van Vuuren followed immediately after with another 3 making his presence known to Coffee County (14-7).
Shemwell also made an impact in the first quarter with plenty of shots under the goal, including a layup with a shooting foul where he earned another point for Coffee with a foul shot. This put the Red Raiders ahead going into the second quarter, 15-10.
Warren County’s Treyton Terry was on a roll, nailing jump shots from the free-throw line. Braylon Grayson then retrieved a rebound and passed it to Cox who nailed a 3.
By halftime, the Pioneers were only down by three 24-21. The third quarter would be difficult for the Pioneers as van Vuuren was the only one to score that quarter with two more 3-pointers.
Grayson shined at the end of the game putting up foul shots and jump shots, but his efforts couldn’t pull the Pioneers to victory as Coffee County’s shot accuracy was high in the fourth quarter.
Coffee County beat Warren 50-38, making the Red Raiders 4-1 in the district and 14-7 overall. The Red Raiders have only lost to Franklin County in the district, who the Pioneers will face tonight at Charlie Dalton Gym. Warren County currently stands 1-4 in the district and 8-11 overall.
WARREN COUNT Y -Alex van Vuuren 15, Braylon Grayson 6, Treyton Terry 6, Keldrick Cox 5, Isaiah Cummings 2, Nate Elrod 2, Eli Kuykendall 2 COFFEE COUNTY -- Dayn Grosslin 17, Connor Shemwell 16, Phineas Rollman 8, Aiden Abellana 3, Jahlen Osborne 3, Brady Nugent 2, Jackson Shemwell 1