Ever since being blown out in the season opener at Walker Valley, the Pioneers have been in every game down to the wire. Getting wins is still been elusive though.
Warren County lost another nail biter down the stretch Tuesday, falling 64-58 on the road at Stewarts Creek. The Pioneers are now 1-7 this year, with the last four losses coming by 17 points.
Sawyer Seymour did his best to push the Pioneers past the Redhawks on the road. The senior scored a season-high 24 points, including drilling four triples in the first half to keep Warren County afloat. Fellow seniors Nate Elrod and Kaden Rutledge added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Pioneers were in catch-up mode all night against the Redhawks, but looked like they may climb all the way back late. Warren County went into the fourth quarter trailing 44-38, but the Pioneers started chipping away once the teams took the court for the final eight minutes.
Seymour sparked the charge with a three-point play, kissing a floater off the glass while being fouled. The senior completed the and-1 at the charity stripe, where he was 8-for-10 in the contest. He followed with a 3-pointer, answering one from the other end from Stewarts Creek, out of a timeout to make it 49-44 with 6:22 left.
The star shooting guard kept the hot hand for another minute, hitting four straight free throws as he scored the first 10 points for the Pioneers in the fourth quarter. Once he completed his second pair of perfect shots from the line, the Pioneers were down by just three, 51-48.
Elrod made it 51-50 with 4:50 left, dropping in a floater down the lane against the retreating Redhawks. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, they never got closer.
Warren County had a span where it was called for three charges in the span of two minutes in the fourth, erasing any chance for the offense to keep pace. Stewarts Creek used its size in the paint to push the lead back up to nine with two minutes left and sustained the lead the rest of the way.
The Pioneers will try to get back in the win column this Saturday at Ooltewah. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
WC scoring – Seymour 24, Elrod 13, Rutledge 11, Treyton Terry 5, Chase Newby 3, Alex van Vuuren 2