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Pioneers win big over CCHS
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After getting the defender to commit, Isaac Golden passes the ball over to his teammate for an assist in Mondays 17-point win over Coffee County.

How did the Warren County Pioneers respond to the heart-breaking, double overtime loss to Siegel on Monday? With a convincing 56-39 win over the Red Raiders at Coffee County.
WCHS head coach Chris Sullens said, “It was a good team win on the road where everyone got time on the floor. We made some changes in the rotation and guys did what they were coached to do. Now we move on to White County.”
The Pioneers hit the Stars with everything they had Monday night. On Tuesday, Warren County made the trip to Manchester with the loss still fresh. The Red Raiders did not expect what they were about to receive.
Trevor Gaines got off to a quick start, then struggled late. He still managed to score a game-high 13 points for the Pioneers.
Warren County (4-5) accelerated the tempo rather quickly against the Red Raiders. The Warren County passing game was sharp in the first quarter. The front court worked the ball into the paint where Krojhn Calbert went to work.
The Coffee County defense decided to send a message early in the game and denied any easy baskets in the paint. Calbert was sent to the free-throw line where he knocked down 3-of-3 and quickly forced Coffee County to rethink its decision.
Isaiah Grayson led Warren County in the first quarter with six points. Grayson drove the lane and took his chances versus the Red Raider defense. It paid off with two baskets in close for four points and a trip to the free-throw line. Grayson was perfect on both free-throw attempts.
The Pioneers loaded the paint and forced Coffee County to pack its defense inside. The ball did go back outside where Chace Hobbs cashed in from beyond the arch for three of his six points.
With the Pioneers in control of their offense, it left little time for the Red Raiders to establish their offensive game. Kohl Young and Grant Sadler kept the Red Raiders afloat in the first period. The duo was helped on a long-range 3-point shot from Stephen Sullivan that hit its mark. Through one complete quarter, Warren County led 21-11.
After the opening quarter Warren County cranked up its defensive intensity. Lorenzo Wilson entered the game and his full-court pressure on the ball stifled the Red Raider offense. Wilson pressured the inbounds pass and he used his quick hands for back-to-back steals and converted.
Coffee County continued to struggle on offense when it did manage to get the ball across mid-court. Wyatt Day got inside the Pioneer defense for an easy basket and then followed up back outside. Day slipped open off a screen and he turned and fired from behind the 3-point line. His shot was perfect and he led the Red Raiders with five points in the second quarter.
LeAundre Graham got free inside and he scored his only two points of the game in the second quarter.
It was more of Wilson in the second and he exploded to the basket multiple times. He pushed the tempo for the Pioneers and kept them clearly a few steps ahead. Wilson unloaded for eight points in the second period. Hobbs got freed up long enough from the defense and he connected on his second 3-point shot of the game.
Joelah Solomon and Gaines controlled the glass and pounded out shots inside. At the half, the Warren County offense extended its lead to 38-22.
The offense slowed in the second half but the Pioneer defense continued its presence and held the Red Raiders to just eight third-quarter points. The Pioneers had a brief scare when Grayson attempted to take a charge and the collision sent both players to the floor. Both players were slow to get up and both left the game. Grayson did not return.
Wilson pushed the ball up the floor and into the paint. Calbert and Gaines waited patiently in the post for the ball. They were helped on the offensive boards by Lucas Patrick. Patrick made good use of his time in the paint and scored three points for his efforts.
With a 48-30 lead to start the fourth, the Pioneers were intent on a win and they held the Red Raiders at bay. Caleb Newby and Holden Baker were perfect from the charity-stripe as time ticked off the clock. Coffee County could only watch and wait and when the wait was over Warren County defeated Coffee County by a final score of 56-39.
Sullens added, “This group I believe is ready for Friday night. This is the effort we have come to expect and is now how we play. We have a couple of guys who might not be 100 percent but we now have guys who are ready to step up and do their job.”
Warren County plays White County tonight in Sparta. The Pioneers will be back on their home floor Dec. 15 versus Wilson Central following the girls game set to tip-off at 6 p.m.
PIONEER SCORING – Trevor Gaines 13, Lorenzo Wilson 10, Krojhn Calbert 7, Isaiah Grayson 6, Chance Hobbs 6, Holden Baker 4, Joelah Solomon 4, Lucas Patrick 3, Caleb Newby 2, Isaac Golden 1
RED RAIDER SCORING – Wyatt Day 10, Kohl Young 8, Garrett Eldridge 7, Stephen Sullivan 6, Grant Sadler 4, LeAundre Graham 2, Boone Riddle 2