Great seasons for the WCMS basketball teams came to the end this week in the substate tournament held at Stewarts Creek Middle School in Murfreesboro.
The Lady Pioneers were eliminated by Blackman Tuesday, losing 39-27 in the quarterfinals. The Pioneers fell the following night to Whitworth Buchanan 51-34.
The Warren County girls, which finished with 17 wins this season, went into Tuesday’s game facing an uphill climb. Just a day before the matchup, coach Tara Koran found out Paige Sweeton, an all-CTC performer this season, would miss the game due to an injury suffered in last week’s Area 6 tournament.
Without one on the team’s top scorers and defenders, the Lady Pioneers lacked the firepower to keep up with the Lady Blaze.
Sable Winfree led the team with eight points in the loss, while Bella Pennington chipped in seven points. Hailey Simpson added five points, followed by Bri Taylor with three and Bella Bain and Lex Verge with two points apiece.
In Wednesday’s matchup, the Pioneers couldn’t keep up with the tournament’s top seed. Warren County played from behind the whole game after Buchanan outscored the Pioneers 11-4 in the first quarter.
Warren County was never able to recover, ultimately seeing its promising season come to a close.
Isaiah Cummings finished with 13 points to pace the Pioneers, while Dyson Elam – a seventh-grader who will be back to guide the Pioneers next season – added 10. Other scorers were Aaron Templeton, Jonathan Lara and Alex van Vuuren with three points apiece and Baylor Melton and Treyton Terry with two points each.