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Pioneers win at home
Markel Locke weaves through traffic during Tuesday's game at WCMS. Locke and the Pioneers downed visiting Coffee County 36-27.

There’s an easy way to gauge the improvement of the WCMS boys basketball team in just two weeks. All it took was checking the scoreboard following Tuesday’s rematch with Coffee County.

Just 15 days after starting their season with a loss in Manchester, the Pioneers topped the visiting Raiders 36-27. 

Carter Simpson was back to his unstoppable ways offensively, leading the Pioneers with 18 points as they avenged a 29-20 loss in the season opener. Sharp shooter Ayden Odineal added nine points, while four other Pioneers finished with two points.

Warren County (2-3) didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter when Simpson took over. 

Leading 22-19 going into the final period, Simpson continued to go to the hoop and the Raiders were powerless to stop the lefty. Simpson sliced in for three layups, often going through 2-3 defenders before rising over the Raiders at the rim for finishes.

Odineal helped the cause by spacing the floor from his favorite spot on the left wing. The guard hit a short jumper from the wing in the fourth, while his biggest basket was a 3-pointer which gave his team the lead for good in the third. 

Hector Marquez also had a slicing layup in the fourth, Euro-stepping around two defenders for a bucket.

Keagan Thompson and Dejames Lewis had late baskets for the Pioneers.

Markel Locke scored one point, hitting a free throw early, but made a big impact defensively as Warren County didn’t allow the Red Raiders to score in double figures in any quarter.

Coffee County 38

Lady Pioneers 19

WC scoring - Elly Bain 14, Madison Jones 2, Abby Graves 2, Courtney Swann 1

WCMS girls record: 2-3

Next game: Monday, Nov. 4 at Avery Trace