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Pioneers whipped by Warriors
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White County continues to be a house of horrors for the Pioneers.

Warren County lost for the ninth time in 10 tries in Sparta Tuesday night, falling 83-49 in the District 6AAA matchup. The loss dropped the team to 14-9 overall and 1-3 in district play.

Grant Slatten lit up the Pioneers with 31 points, 27 coming in the first half as he outscored Warren County on his own. White County led 46-23 at the break.

Masyn Winningham added 17 in the victory for the Warriors, who are 2-2 in district play and 17-6 overall.

Coach Chris Sullens has seen his team struggle after returning from Christmas break. The Pioneers are 3-4 since the calendar flipped, with three losses coming by 15-plus points. 

“We didn’t look prepared for anything White County did to us,” said Sullens. “We have to go back to being the hardest working team on the floor. This is the second or third time since Christmas that a team has beaten us in every phase. I take that personally as the head coach of Warren County.

“As a team, we have to be better in practice and that must translate to the games. We must get better to compete with the top level of our district.”

Eli Jones had a team-high 14 points for Warren County, which has started to feel the effects of playing without senior starter Sloan Seymour. The Pioneers won the first two games Seymour (out with a leg injury) missed, but in the last two games, Warren County has lost by a combined 53 points. 

Ethan Smith added 11 while Warren County’s leading scorer for the season CJ Taylor was held to just seven points. 

The Pioneers will try to get back in the win column at Stone Memorial Friday night. Warren County was edged by the Panthers 54-50 two weeks ago.

Friday’s tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Crossville.