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Warrior defense shuts down Pioneer offense
Warren County High School Pioneer Isaiah Grayson is smothered by Sparta defenders at the Dalt Tuesday night.

The Warren County High School Pioneers kept it within three points, 31-28, at halftime Tuesday night as they played host to district rival White County.
But instead of a comeback, it was a long wait for a train that didn’t come as Sparta pulled ahead and kept driving through the paint grabbing a 61-43 victory.
Instead of a second-half rally, the Pioneers struggled offensively and were outscored by the Warriors 23-10 in the third quarter. The Warriors controlled the paint offensively, passing to the inside man who would put up a short shot.
The Pioneers were faced with a tough defense and didn’t get as much control going to the inside as they usually do. Warren County starter Isaiah Grayson makes double digit scoring a habit but was limited to 5 points in this contest. Chance Hobbs did the most damage to the Warriors with his finesse outside shot, laying in 4 treys and going 3-for-3 from the line, making him the highest scorer on the Pioneer roster with 15 points.
Tyree Ladet added his jumper and reverse layup to the mix for 13 points for the Pioneers (10-7, 0-1).
Pierce Whited was making big plays for the Warriors and hit a game-high of 25 points.
“It was tale of two halves,” said Warren County head coach Chris Sullens “I thought we were very efficient the first half with only three turnovers and defensively our guys applied the scouting we had against them really well. The third quarter we turned it over six times and only hit 2 buckets in the second half. Ball movement was stagnant, shot selection wasn’t what we wanted. White County outscored us 38-14 in the paint.”
Sullens continued, “I thought the length and size of White County’s guards gave us some problems as the game went on. They controlled the boards in the second half and I thought out worked us getting to loose balls and hustle plays. I thought we showed some mental fatigue midway through third quarter. It was 40-35 and we gave up layup defensively on back to back possession when we got away from the game plan we had. That said, we have lot of confidence in our group but each member of team including coaches must be better every time we play. Each possession matters and playing a full game means doing each quarter for two halves. We expect to play better and as we have told our guys there isn’t an elevator or escalator that is going to take them to top of ladder. We will have to climb it ourselves.”
Other Pioneers counted in the final tally were Caleb Newby with 4 points, K’Rojhn Calbert 3, Isaac Golden 2 and McCall Turner hit 1 point from the charity stripe.
The Pioneers go into another district match Friday as they play host to Cookeville’s Cavaliers duing Gold Night. Games begin with the Lady Pioneers at 6 p.m. followed by the Pioneers at 7 p.m.
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