The Pioneers were up by three, 51-48, with just over three minutes to play in the game.
Warren County gave up the lead with 2:15 left after poor foul shooting and big rebounds down court led to a Cumberland County victory, 60-55.
Not getting enough boards, a couple of miscellaneous turnovers, and a poor shooting percentage from the charity stripe ultimately led to a Warren County High School basketball loss Tuesday night at home, as the Pioneers struggle to win another district game. The Pioneers defeated Rhea County for their only district win, 50-47, in another tight battle.
Warren County (11-10, 1-4) lost in OT to Cookeville where foul shots played a major role.
“We have to learn to finish games,” said Warren County head coach Chris Sullens. “We need to stress more in practice the importance of taking what is given. We must realize, as a group, how important all phases of this game are to achieve what we want.”
“Going 10-of-25 as a team from the free-throw line, including 9-of-19 in the fourth quarter, makes it difficult to finish games,” added Sullens. “We must take advantage of those opportunities. We will get back to work and get ready for the second half of our district schedule starting with White County on Friday night.”
Warren County got all its points, except for one field goal by Chance Hobbs, from the charity stripe in the final quarter. Hobbs was team-high scorer with 17 points followed by Isaiah Grayson who hit for 12 points. In addition to the fourth-quarter bucket, Hobbs also dialed long distance for his points converting five shots from outside the 3-point line.
Cumberland County went 12-of-15 from the foul line for 80 percent, making 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter.
Both teams played good defense with the Jets converting nine 3-pointers. The Pioneers hit for more shots in the paint with 12, compared to Cumberland with nine.
Heading up the Jets offensively were Thomas Marshall and Josh Dykes with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Other Pioneers to post points were Tyree Ladet with 8 points, Hunter Black 7, Sloan Seymour 6 and Ethan Smith and Caleb Newby both scored 2 points.
Pioneer senior Isaac Golden was back on the hardwood, having missed two games due to injury.
Warren County goes on the road to Sparta for a rematch with White County on Friday, having dropped their previous meeting 61-43. Games begin at 6 p.m.