Tuesday was a night to forget for the WCMS sixth-grade basketball teams.
The Lady Pioneers and Pioneers struggled mightily against visiting Prescott South, falling 41-5 and 31-13, respectively. The losses dropped both teams to 1-2 this season.
The Warren County girls never could keep pace with Prescott South. The Lady Pioneers struggled with the Prescott South press, failing on many possessions to get across halfcourt and set up offense.
Prescott South was able to run out to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter, with Laura Sifuentes getting a layup for her team’s lone points. Warren County was held scoreless in the second quarter while the visitors built a 25-2 halftime advantage.
Elly Bain got the Lady Pioneers on the board in the third quarter on a layup and splitting a pair of free throws, but it proved to be the team’s last points. Prescott finished with four players who finished with more points than the Lady Pioneers on their own, led by Charlie Roby’s 14 points.
Struggling offensively seemed to pass straight to the Pioneers in the second game. Warren County was held without a point in the first quarter, though its own suffocating defense kept the game within reach early.
Despite going a full quarter without a point, Warren County trailed just 5-0 entering the second quarter. Aaron Wilson helped the team get on the board, while Markel Locke finished through contact for a bucket in the second quarter as well.
Prescott South responded with a big 3-pointer from Jace Mitchell to hold a 12-4 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Prescott South found its groove offensively while the Pioneers continued to struggle.
Warren County got buckets from Keyton Reno and Ayden Odineal in the third quarter and four late points from John Gillespie in the foruth, but it wasn’t enough. Kaden Jones also added a free throw in the final period.
Carter Simpson, the team’s leading scorer in the first two games, was held scoreless as Prescott South paid extra attention to the lead guard.
Warren County had an opportunity to shake off the struggles with a home game against Avery Trace Thursday night. Scores were unavailable at press time.
The WCMS sixth-grade teams will be back in action Tuesday, Oct. 29 at home against Coffee County. The first game is set to tip off at 6 p.m.