Tuesday night was White Out Night at Warren County High School and the Pioneers would play host to the Tigers from DeKalb County. The Pioneers were seeking revenge after their heartbreaking overtime loss just a couple of weeks ago in Smithville.
Unfortunately, DeKalb County would have different plans. With some very accurate shooting bursts from long range by the Tigers, their shooting would outlast the Pioneers this time as well, with Warren County suffering its second loss to DeKalb County by a final score of 62-51.
It was the Pioneers’ first loss at home this season.
It would be DeKalb County which would set the tone for the game early on, connecting on four 3-pointers in the first quarter alone. Warren county looked slow to react against the passing game of the Tigers, with the ball being passed around the perimeter with ease at times. DeKalb County would not hesitate to penetrate the lane and kick the ball back out to an open shooter from long range.
Warren County would make a run at the Tigers before the half by pounding the ball inside to Pioneer big man Krojhn Calbert for six points to lead the charge for the lead. Heading into halftime, Warren County would be slightly trailing the Tigers by four points after being down eight at the end of the first.
With a new strategy in place on cutting off the offensive firepower of the Tigers from behind the 3-point line, the Pioneers would have to step up their own offensive push. Warren County would pull to within a single point, getting the crowd from both schools involved in the game at this point.
But that would be as close as Warren county would get, when DeKalb drove the entire length of the floor, hitting the lane, and kicking the ball out to a wide open Tiger who would connect for another 3-pointer. The Pioneers would find themselves down by three with four minutes to play in the third.
Warren County had the ball in Carlos Villegas’ hands as he drove the lane trying to split the defenders. It would send Villegas to the floor without being able to get any type of shot off. It would also send one of the DeKalb defenders to the floor drawing the call from the official. The call was made and Charlie Dalton Gym was in shock as Villegas was called for a charge.
Coach Chris Sullens called the official over to explain the call and the two exchanged words. It was obviously an attempt at a flop, explained Sullens. The discussion ended with Sullens putting his hands up. It was the next few possessions that would tell the tale.
Over the next several possessions, the Pioneers would find themselves having to back off and give the Tigers space. Multiple fouls were charged against the Pioneers over those last several minutes. At times it was very hard to take by the fans as chants of disgust echoed through the gym.
Holden Baker would pick up his fifth foul late in the game. Baker was the spark for Warren County’s offense in the fourth quarter for the Pioneers. Four other Pioneers would also finish with four fouls each.
The Warren County Pioneers will be back in action playing a district game tonight against Cumberland County in Crossville.
Pioneer scoring - Holden Baker 11, Krojhn Calbert 10, Joelah Solomon 9, Isaiah Grayson 8, Isaac Golden 3, Alex Yates 2, Trey Cantrell 2, Christian Wilkinson 2, Hunter Hawkins 2, Carlos Villegas 2
Tiger top scorers - Justin Bone 22, Aaron Haggard 12, Isaac Beck 9