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Pioneers rest up for district play
Eli Kuykendall is shown in previous action for the Pioneers. He scored 2 points Tuesday against Siegel.

The WCHS Pioneer basketball team is taking a vacation this Christmas vacation.

The Pioneers are practicing daily but otherwise enjoying a little rest and relaxation in preparation for a second-half kick.

“I think our kids needed a rest,” said Pioneer coach Chris Sullens, who has led his team to back-to-back district tournament titles. “A lot of our kids play football. They took two days off and came straight to basketball so they’ve been at it for a long time. We’re practicing once a day and looking at film and we’re getting ready to start district play. We’ve won a lot of games over the past few years so we know we have a bull’s-eye on our back. I think it will take seven wins to win the regular-season district title.”

Mystery surrounds district play as the Pioneers are in a new, four-team district which also includes Coffee County, Franklin County and Shelbyville.

Warren County has experienced an uneven season, starting 4-0 but now holding a 7-6 record at Christmas break. The Pioneers play at Siegel High School for their next game on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

“One thing I can say is our kids play extremely hard and I’m proud of that,” said Sullens. “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.”

First-year starter Treyton Terry has been a burst of energy at point guard for the Pioneers. He is a quick player with or without the ball.

Kaden Rutledge is the only returning starter from last year and he’s shown he can make plays in the open court. Isaiah Cummings can score in spurts, and Sawyer Seymour can drain jumpers from 3-point range. Senior Eli Kuykendall is a sparkplug under the goal.

The Pioneers start district play on Friday, Jan. 7 at home against Franklin County.