Just 48 hours after its worst loss of the season, Warren County bounced back with a thrilling road win.
Led by Lacedrick Cox's career-high 23 points, the Pioneers took down the Livingston Academy Wildcats 83-74 on the road Saturday night.
Sloan Seymour added 20 points and Aiden Cummings scored 14 - all in the second half - to help Warren County win for the 12th time.
Coach Chris Sullens was blunt about the team's 71-40 loss to Coffee County at home Thursday, calling it the worst defeat in his five-year tenure. Two days later, Cox was at his best while leading the Pioneers past a pesky Wildcat squad.
The junior shooting guard was amazing from behind the arc, hitting five 3-pointers to lead the Pioneers to a season sweep of the Wildcats. The Pioneers also beat Livingston Academy 54-49 at home in November.
"It was a big-time performance from Lacedrick. He's a capable scorer," said Sullens. "This was a big game for us. We needed it. It's as good as a comeback win as we've had."
Warren County (12-6) needed every bit of Cox’s career-best night to take down the Wildcats.
The first half turned into a two-on-two contest, with Cox and Seymour dueling with Cody Ray (29 points) and Matthew Sells (22 points). Seymour had 18 points by halftime, while Cox added 12 to give the Pioneers a narrow 38-37 lead at the break.
Cummings was a big part of the Pioneers pulling away in the second half. Sullens decided to feed his big sophomore after the break and the result was instant offense. Cummings feasted around the rim, sank 5-of-6 from the charity stripe and even stepped outside to hit one of the team’s 13 3-pointers.
Cox sealed the victory with two late 3-pointers.
Warren County improved to 12-6 despite getting just three points from leading scorer CJ Taylor.
The Pioneers will be back at home Tuesday against Stone Memorial. Tip-off for the Panthers is set for 7:30 p.m. at Charlie Dalton Gym.