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Warriors pummel Pioneers
WCHS slumps in second half
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The wrath of Kane strikes again.Former Warren County Middle School basketball player turned White County Warrior Kane Young has made a living torturing the Pioneers and the trend continued Friday night.Young scored 18 points, including hitting two back-breaking buzzer beaters, to lead the Warriors to a 91-62 pounding of the Pioneers in District 6-AAA action at White County.Warren County (10-12) hung tough with the Warriors for the first half, but the home team scored 51 points after the break to hand the Pioneers their first district loss of the season.Young was a huge reason why White County dispatched the Pioneers in its District 6-AAA opener. Young, who left Warren County to pursue more playing time with the Warrior program, swung the momentum of the game shortly before halftime and continued crushing the Pioneers in the second half.After Pioneer senior Kendall Rutledge trimmed the White County lead to three points with a 3-pointer before halftime, Young was able to answer in empathic fashion.Young hit a running 3-pointer just as time expired, sending the Warriors into the locker rooms leading 40-34.It ended a back-and-forth first half that saw the Pioneers use foul trouble for White County to their advantage.The home team picked up 10 fouls in the first quarter, leading to Warren County sinking nine free throws. Baskets by Rutledge, Tucker Smith and Lee Carden added to the Pioneer total as the team trailed 18-15 after eight minutes.The Pioneers continued to claw against one of the preseason favorites to win District 6-AAA. Fittingly, Warren County took its only lead at the charity stripe midway through the second quarter.Smith nudged the Pioneers in front 25-24 with two free throws with 4:23 to go in the first half.