Warren County picked up a huge district win over Cookeville last Friday night, the first win over the Cavaliers since 2005. Since Friday night’s win the Pioneers suffered two straight losses in three days.
The Pioneer offense struggled early in the game. Turnovers were huge for Warren County and the Pioneers searched for the handle. Siegel was quick to get back on defense and seemed a step ahead much of the game.
The Stars allowed the Pioneers to get within a few points several times in the fourth quarter, but it was not meant to be and the Stars defeated the Pioneers, 66-58.
Trevor Gaines was consistent in the low post and led all scorers with a game-high 17 points. He also shot 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Siegel turned the ball over up by four at 58-54. Warren County got back down the floor and spread the offense. Isaac Golden slipped free in the corner and fired from behind the arch. His shot hit its mark and the Pioneers were down one, 58-57, with 3:00 to play.
Siegel wasted little time on offense and found Brian Maynard inside in front of the rim and his shot dropped. Siegel was up 60-57.
Warren County brought the ball into the front-court and lost the handle. Siegel gathered up the loose ball with 2:12 to play.
The Stars looked to burn some time off the clock. Warren County matched up and tried to force the turnover. Instead the Pioneers left the back door open and the cutter took the pass behind the defense and scored. Siegel led 62-57 and the Stars called timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Pioneers went down the floor and went back inside. The shot in close at the rim rolled off and Siegel snatched the rebound. Warren County fouled to stop the clock with just over a minute to play and caught a break when Siegel missed both shots.
Warren County took a 3-pointer that was no good and was forced to foul again. This time Marcellus Martin hit both and the Stars led 64-57.
Warren County went back inside to Calbert and he was hit with a hard foul. The shot did not drop and Calbert was at the free-throw line with two shots. He hit the second and the Pioneers trailed 64-58.
The Stars inbound to Maynard and he was fouled. Siegel hit both of the free throws and took a 66-58 lead with :12 to play.
Warren County backed off and Siegel ran out the clock. The Stars defeated the Pioneers by a final score of 66-58 in Murfreesboro.
Turnovers took the Pioneers out of the game early, although Warren County managed to keep it close. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Holden Baker in the first pulled the Pioneers back with just a few points. At the end of the first Warren County trailed 20-17.
Warren County will have the rest of the week off before facing the Rhea County Golden Eagles on Feb. 5 following the Lady Pioneers at 6 p.m.
STARS SCORING – Marcellus Martin 15, Rob Lalance 8, Braxton Eddings 8, C.J. Murray 8, James Franklin 6, Quinton Byrd 6, Omar Lyons 5, Greedy Howse 4, Brian Narmand 4, Marcus Hardy 2
PIONEER SCORING – Trevor Gaines 17, Holden Baker 13, Isaac Golden 11, Isaiah Grayson 9, Krojhn Calbert 5, Chance Hobbs 3