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Pioneers top Cookeville
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It wasn’t where Cookeville and Warren County expected to meet, but any win over the Cavaliers brings pleasure to the Pioneers.

Warren County took down Cookeville 67-53 Tuesday night in the District 6AAA consolation game, getting a 15-point night from Irving Espinoza to top the Cavaliers for the second time in the last three weeks.

The win moves the Pioneers into a matchup with Walker Valley in the region tournament. The Mustangs fell 81-36 in the District 5AAA championship game to Cleveland, the state’s No. 4 ranked team and Cookeville’s next opponent.

Cookeville and Warren County entered as the top two seeds, but fell into the consolation games after losing in overtime in the district semifinals. The Pioneers were topped by Stone Memorial in double overtime, while White County extended its game with Cookeville on a buzzer beater to force extra time and went on to win.

The tough losses didn’t seem to cool off a bitter rivalry between Warren County and Cookeville. 

Though the stakes weren’t as high, taking 2-of-3 from the Cavaliers was plenty of motivation for the Pioneers. 

Seniors Isaiah Grayson and Tyree Ladet finished with 12 points apiece in the victory, while Chance Hobbs had 10. Sloan Seymour, who had sit out his team’s last four games with a concussion, added eight points. Raven Lewandowski also had eight points - a season best - and Caleb Newby chipped in two. 

Cookeville was led by Alex Garrett’s 17 points. District player of the year Noah Hilliker was held to 12 points.

 

Saturday’s game will begin at 6 p.m. A preview of the region game will be in Friday’s Southern Standard. 

In the championship game Tuesday, Stone Memorial topped White County 50-40.