The Pioneers got a game-high 26 points from Trevor Gaines and captured their first district win of the season as Warren County went on the road to beat Rhea County on Friday night, 56-45.
The district victory is the first of the year for the Pioneers and also the first in the WCHS coaching career of Chris Sullens, who is in his second year.
"The wins are not about me," said Sullens. "They are about the young men and I give them all the credit."
The Pioneers led most of the way behind the post play of Gaines, the team's most consistent offensive weapon. He couldn't be stopped down low and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Point guard Isaac Golden added 10 points, while Krojhn Calbert scored eight.
The Pioneers were up 31-22 at the half and iced the victory by holding Rhea County to six points in the third.
"We led the whole game and were up by 20 at one point," said coach Sullens. "Once we had the lead, our kids finished strong."
Sullens says he hopes the win gives the team momentum with four more district games in a row. The Pioneers play Stone Memorial on Tuesday night in McMinnville.
"There are times we can play as well as anybody in the Midstate and there are times where we have our lulls," said Sullens.
The coach praised the effort and attitude of Logan Wilson, who was making his first varsity start.
"Anybody who is building a program knows you have to have guys who do it the way you want it done and Logan is one of those guys," said Sullens.
Other Pioneer scorers were Isaiah Grayson with seven, Chance Hobbs with three, and Lorenzo Wilson with two.