Raven Lewandowski picked a good night to have a career game.
The Pioneer senior scored 20 points to lead the short-handed Pioneers to a 61-55 win over Grundy County Thursday on the road.
Warren County (13-7) learned just a few hours before tip-off it would be without senior guard Sloan Seymour due to a leg injury. Lewandowski stepped up to fill the void, going for a career high and icing the game with a layup with :27 to play.
Raven LayupRaven Lewandowski broke free for a late layup to close out Grundy a County.
Eli Jones matched his season high with 12 points while Kason Holder came off the bench to score eight, his highest total since scoring 14 in the second game of the season.
“We had some guys step up offensively and defensively,” said Sullens. “Raven got us off to a good start and I think Kason really helped early. Eli shot the ball the way we know he can.”
Warren County was coming off a 54-50 loss to Stone Memorial, where coach Sullens thought his team could’ve executed better down the stretch. The Pioneers were forced to make plays late against the Yellow Jackets.
Grundy County led 53-52 with 3:10 to play before Warren County closed the game on a 9-2 run. Jones hit the biggest shot down the stretch, drilling a clutch 3-pointer with 1:50 left that pushed his team to a 57-53 lead. It was one of three 3-pointers the junior hit in the final frame.
Eli 3Eli Jones drilled a big 3-pointer late in Warren County’s win over Grundy County.
The Yellow Jackets got a bucket to cut the lead in half, but the Pioneers responded with a layup off an inbounds play from Lewandowski with :27 remaining.
Warren County saw its lead again sliced to two in the final stages, but CJ Taylor iced the game with two free throws with 3.1 seconds left. Taylor finished with nine points.
“That was a trap game for us since we had started district play two nights before,” said Sullens. “Grundy has a good ball team that was 12-2 going into last night. Hard-fought road wins are always something you want out of your teams at this point in the season.”
The Pioneers will now dive into district play. Warren County will finish the season with seven straight District 6AAA matchups, starting with Tuesday’s road trip to Rhea County.