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Tip-in win
Carden's last-second heroics propel Pioneers
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Teammates were mobbing Lee Carden, coach Malcolm Montgomery was frantically trying to get his Pioneers back to the bench and every fan in Cannon County gym was waiting to see what would come out of the conference the referees were having with no time left on the clock.Would Carden’s last-second tip-in count, or would the Pioneers and Lions be heading for overtime? After a short delay, Warren County was greeted with the words it hoped for - count it.The basket remained on the scoreboard and the Pioneers escaped the Lion’s Den with a 56-54 victory over Cannon County to snap their losing streak.Warren County (12-16) entered Friday’s non-district game on a three-game slide, but Carden’s last-second heroics lifted the Pioneers in the final seconds for the third time this season.The Pioneers led 56-54 after a Nick Simmons free throw with :22 left to go, but Cannon County tied the game when hot-shooting Cory Henley was fouled with 6.4 seconds in the game and sunk two free throws.Without a time-out, Warren County had to take its chances as senior Kendall Rutledge streaked up the court. When he reached the free-throw line and faced a double team, Rutledge kicked to the corner where Simmons stood wide open.In his favorite spot, Simmons squared to shoot but his shot rolled off the rim as the clocked neared zero.