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Pioneers take second place in Sun Drop Romp
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Friday’s championship game of the Sun Drop Romp Christmas tournament was a District 6-AAA preview and Warren County knows now how much work is left to do before January.The Cookeville Cavaliers crushed the Pioneers 66-44, sending Warren County to a second-place finish in the tournament the team played host to all week.Warren County had a good run, beating Jackson County, Moore County and Cumberland County on its way to the finals.Cookeville was too much for the Pioneers though, as the visiting Cavaliers shot the lights out early and never trailed in the championship game.Warren County competed with the Cavaliers in the first quarter, even keeping the game within one possession for most of the quarter.Hunter Daniel provided the first big shot for the Pioneers when he drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at seven. Jacob Reagan, who has been a big spark coming off the bench lately, came in to score on a pair of jumpers to keep Warren County close early.The wheels began to fall off when the Pioneers lost track of Cookeville sniper Matt Case. Case drilled three straight 3-pointers to finish off the first quarter, the last of which forced coach Malcolm Montgomery to call a time-out while Case walked in front of the Warren County bench holding his follow through.The Pioneers trailed 22-13 after the first period and a double-digit deficit soon followed.