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Pioneers have tough time in Cookeville
Warren County High School Pioneer Isaiah Grayson drives to the net Tuesday night in Cookeville.

The Cavaliers picked apart the Pioneers Tuesday night, as they worked well in the paint, from the charity stripe and outside providing a triple-threat that would be Warren County’s undoing with a 63-36 loss in Cookeville.
“We just didn’t play up to our capabilities,” said Warren County head coach Chris Sullens. “We make no excuses for it. We expect better from everyone involved in our program. Our performance wasn’t up to the standard we set.”
One standard would be the charity stripe as Cookeville hit 13-of-21 for 62 percent with 12-of-14, 86 percent, made in fourth-quarter action. The Cavs didn’t hand the Pioneers any fourth-quarter foul shots, and not many during the game either, as Warren County went 4-of-13 for 31 percent.
Both teams distributed the basketball well, but the Cavs were hitting more inside shots as Cookeville’s main offensive threats were Noah Hilliker and Jacob Reeves who hit for 18 and 14 points, respectively.
Pioneer points were led by Isaiah Grayson with 11 followed by Chance Hobbs whose three treys and one from the foul line tallied 10.
The game went south right from the start for the Pioneers, as they faced an 11-point deficit after the first quarter and trailed by 14 points at the half.
The Pioneers travel to Rhea County on Friday night. The Pioneers play Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Siegel for a makeup game that was postponed due to snow.