If the Pioneers knew beforehand what was about to happen at Stone Memorial Friday night, they may have just stayed home.
Warren County was walloped 61-36 by the Panthers, with the 25-point margin of defeat being the largest of the season.
“It’s the worst performance I have ever been a part of and I place it squarely on me. We just weren’t ready to play – no doubt,” said coach Chris Sullens.
The Pioneers have been trending down since the turn of the calendar, having now lost five of their six games in 2020. Still, there was good will built up after the team’s previous loss – a narrow 69-63 defeat at preseason District 6AAA favorite White County – before Friday’s dismal performance.
Stone Memorial (13-6) scored on three wide-open layups to start the game, prompting Sullens to burn an early timeout. It never seemed to get any better.
Warren County (10-10) was unable to sustain any momentum, digging a big hole that only got deeper as the game progressed. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 0-2 in the district standings, currently the worst mark after a week of games.
The Panthers improved to 2-0 in the district, tying White County for the top mark.
CJ Taylor led the Pioneers with nine points. It was the first time this season Warren County had failed to have a player reach double figures and the final output – 36 points – was the lowest since the Pioneers fell 68-45 to Upperman in early December.
Warren County will be looking to bounce back Tuesday when it plays its third straight road district game at Rhea County. The Eagles will also be looking for their first district victory after falling to Stone Memorial 79-51 last Tuesday.
The Pioneers will tip-off Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Central.