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Pioneers prepped for district

After a challenging first-half schedule, the attention now shifts to district competition as the Pioneer basketball team prepares to face Franklin County on Friday night at The Dalt.

In its last action of 2021, Warren County went 1-2 in the Sonic Shootout in Sparta before Christmas. 

The Pioneers (7-6) are preparing to welcome the Franklin County Rebels (5-6) to Charlie Dalton Gym and both teams appear to be fairly evenly matched.

Warren County was picked to finish first in the newly created district that only has four teams. Franklin County, Coffee County and Shelbyville are the other three.

Because the district is so small, teams will have great familiarity, playing each other three times instead of the traditional two. WCHS coach Chris Sullens said last week he thinks it will take seven wins to finish first in the district. 

Sullens says the Pioneers will have a bull’s-eye on their back because of the number of district wins the team has accumulated in recent years.

“One thing I can say is our kids play extremely hard and I’m proud of that,” said Sullens in analyzing the team. “If there’s one thing we need to do, it’s to understand the value of each possession. Most of these games come down to two or three possessions so we can’t let one or two bad possessions turn into a bad quarter. That’s happened for us. That being said, we’ve also played some good basketball. Physically, I think we’re doing what we need to.” 

The Pioneers were in action last night at Siegel High School. Check for results.