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Warriors take down Pioneers
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Beating one of the best teams in District 6-AAA is hard enough with a full roster, but winning without your leading scorer makes the task nearly impossible.The Warren County High School boys basketball team dropped its third straight district game Tuesday night without senior Tucker Smith, losing to the White County Warriors 66-58 at Charlie Dalton Gym.Warren County (11-16) has played competitively without Smith, who is out with an illness, but the wins have not come as the Pioneers have lacked the ability to finish against district opponents. After going to halftime trailing 36-34, the Pioneers were outscored by six in the second half as White County got a huge boost by returning its emotional leader on the same night Warren County sorely missed its top player.Devon Davidson, a two-time All-District 6-AAA selection, played in the fourth quarter for White County after sitting out the team’s first 25 games with a leg injury.While Davidson’s impact didn’t show on the score book, the point guard scored only two points, his presence seemed to fuel the Warriors as the visiting team held off a late Pioneer rally.White County led 53-46 entering the fourth quarter, but Warren County made an early charge that cut the lead to four with six minutes to play.D’Andre League, who had just picked up his fourth foul, got a steal off an inbounds play and raced to the other end for a potential layup. He was fouled on the attempt and he sank both free throws to cut the lead to 53-49, but he had to go to the bench as coach Malcolm Montgomery didn’t want to risk losing his point guard to his fifth foul with six minutes left.After White County pushed the lead back to seven during League’s absence, coach Montgomery had no choice but to send his fiery floor general back on the court.