Any thought Franklin North had about upsetting the Pioneers Wednesday was snuffed out early.
The Warren County Middle School boys team blew out the Gators 51-10, passing their first test in the Central Tennessee Conference tournament.
Isaiah Cummings outscored Franklin North on his own, leading Warren County with 12 points in a contest that was never close. The Pioneers led wire-to-wire, building their advantage to the mercy-rule level (30 points) before the third quarter ended.
Cummings did all of his damage through three quarters, but the Pioneers had a number of players pitch in to build the big lead.
Dylan Stepp kicked off the team’s hot start with an early 3-pointer, while Alex van Vuuren capped a big run to start the third quarter with a corner triple.
Defensively, van Vuuren also had a huge swat, sending a Franklin North shot sailing into their own bench, much to the delight of the Pioneer faithful who packed Charlie Dalton Gym.
Camron Perry finished with nine points and several steals, a big outing for the Pioneer wing as he helped key a dominant defensive performance.
Dyson Elam capped a seven-point night with a three-point play in the third quarter, effortlessly finishing over contact before draining the ensuing free throw.
Treyton Terry matched van Vuuren with six points in the victory, while Baylor Melton and Aaron Templeton finished with four points each.
Warren County’s win advanced the team into a semifinals matchup with Coffee County Thursday night. Results were unavailable at press time. With a win, Warren County would move into the championship game, which is scheduled to be played Friday night at 7:15 p.m.