The Warren County Pioneers finished the regular season with a bang Saturday afternoon at Charlie Dalton Gym. The Pioneers out ran and outlasted the Red Raiders from Coffee County.
A strong defensive effort by Warren County in the first half allowed the Pioneers to take a prominent 32-19 lead at the half. The Red Raiders came out of the locker room prepared to make a run in the second half.
Coffee County controlled the pace in the third and dominated the quarter. The Red Raiders pulled to within six to start the fourth. But there was not enough left in the tank and the Coffee County offense sputtered its way through the fourth as the Pioneers won, 60-45.
Isaiah Grayson for Warren County led all scorers with a game-high 18 points. Grayson played his best basketball in the final period and poured in 10 of his 18 down the stretch.
The Red Raiders were down 32-19 to start the third. Coffee County found its rhythm in the third period and came out hot.
Garrett Eldridge picked up an easy basket against the Pioneer defense. He was hit on his way inside and the shot dropped. Eldridge completed the 3-point play and after his first basket the defense tightened up on him as the remainder of his points came from the free-throw line.
Caleb McKenzie worked against the defense and he picked up a three-point play after he was hit on his way to the rim. Moments later he dropped in his second basket of the quarter.
Coffee County was much more aggressive in the third and Warren County was not prepared to match the Red Raider intensity.
Holden Baker led the Pioneers after the half. He spotted up from behind the arch and let it fly, connecting on his third 3-pointer of the game. Baker also buried a pair of free throws later in the quarter.
Trevor Gaines and Krojhn Calbert worked the low post and each picked up points inside. By the end of the period, Coffee County was back within six points, 41-35.
Coffee County had little left in its tank after a dominant third quarter and the Red Raiders ran on fumes through the fourth. Eldridge got all his points from the free-throw line. He was a perfect 4-of-4 for the period and 10-of-11 for the game.
For the Pioneers, Grayson got free from the defense and stepped back behind the arch and fired. His short was right on target. He continued his relentless attack on the Red Raider defense and added six more points from the floor and one from the charity stripe.
Baker connected from outside while Jack Davidson and Gaines got free on the inside.
The Pioneer offense fired on all cylinders and pulled away from the Red Raiders down the stretch. Alex Yates was fouled and shot 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. Warren County defeated Coffee County by a final score of 60-45.
Warren County controlled the pace early and immediately put the Red Raider defense on its heels. Isaac Golden fired a long 3-point shot and hit in the first. Moments later Grayson matched Golden with his own deep 3-pointer.
Chance Hobbs, Logan Wilson, Lorenzo Wilson, and Trevor Gaines all got into the game and hit throughout the opening quarter. The Pioneer offense clicked and Warren County took a 16-11 lead after the first.
The district tournament starts this week and times have not yet been determined.
PIONEER SCORING – Isaiah Grayson 18, Holden Baker 13, Trevor Gaines 10, Chance Hobbs 5, Isaac Golden 3, Lorenzo Wilson 3, Alex Yates 2, Logan Wilson 2, Jack Davidson 2, Krojhn Calbert 2
RED RAIDER SCORING – Garrett Eldridge 16, Kohl Young 8, Grant Sadler 5, Wyatt Day 5, Caleb McKenzie 5, Steven Sullivan 4, Garrett Booth 2