The Warren County Pioneers were looking to avenge their District 6-AAA loss last Friday night as they matched up against Stone Memorial Tuesday in Crossville. Unfortunately for Warren County, it would not be the reckoning they had in mind. Stone Memorial had a different plan and the Panthers executed theirs to a final score of 70-56.
Pioneer Holden Baker continued his sharp shooting ways to the tune of a team-high 20 points for Warren County.
The first quarter started off hot for both teams as each showed their accuracy from behind the arch connecting on a total of eight 3-pointers, four from each team. The defense inside forced the ball out to the sharp shooters. Carlos Villegas, Christian Wilkinson, and Baker showed off from deep for Warren County. Gage Spence for Stone Memorial would connect for three and his teammate Parker Hill would hit from long range for the Panthers.
After keeping up with the pace from the Panthers, the score was locked at 18 after one. The hot shooting from both teams cooled slightly in the second but the advantage went to Stone Memorial for making better on its opportunities. And after a less successful second quarter, the Pioneers found themselves down 31-27.
Coach Chris Sullens for Warren County knew the game was clearly within reach heading into the locker room. Coach Sullens would try and rally the Pioneers to hit the second half hard on defense and minimize turnovers.
The Panthers came out hungry in the third quarter looking to devour anything in sight. Stone Memorial went back to its long-range attack hitting the mark on four more 3-pointer. The Panther assault was relentless.
Pioneers Hunter Hawkins and Baker tried to hold off the Panthers in the third quarter by scoring all 10 points for Warren County. Stone Memorial moved the ball around the perimeter to open up the long range shot.
After a lackluster third quarter and Stone Memorial leading 54-37, Warren County picked up the pace in the fourth. Warren County would outperform Stone Memorial for the first time in the game out-scoring them in the fourth 19-16. The Pioneers were perfect from the line in the final period hitting 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Coach Sullens had found the answer for the 3-point assault and the Panthers long-range shooting had been cut off. But the third-quarter deficit was more than the Pioneers could overcome and Warren County would not get redemption Tuesday falling to Stone Memorial by a final score of 70-56.
Warren County will be back home Friday against Cumberland County at Charlie Dalton Gym. Tip-off is scheduled after the girls game, which begins at 6 p.m.
PIONEER SCORING – Holden Baker 20, Joelah Solomon 9, Christian Wilkinson 5, Chandler Cassel 5, Isaac Golden 4, Hunter Hawkins 4, Carlos Villegas 3, Alex Cripps 2, McCall Turner 2, Isaiah Grayson 2
PANTHER TOP SCORERS – Gage Spence 24, Brandon Thomas 12