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WCHS freshman boys shine against Sparta
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Nathan Elrod

The future continues to look bright for WCHS boys basketball.

The freshman Pioneers took care of business Thursday at home against White County, winning 49-38 over the visiting Warriors. The WCHS freshman boys are now 5-5 this season under coach Jalen Smith.

Jeremy Jones netted a game-high 16 points in the victory, while Chase Newby rode a hot start toward a 10-point night for the Pioneers. 

Smith and his team were happy to finally get onto the court Thursday. The team’s schedule has been a mess, with teams cancelling or no-showing planned games throughout the month.

When the Pioneers finally got to play, they were impressive.

Newby scored eight early points as Warren County a double-digit lead in the first half. The long and rangy center showed the ability to beat defenders off the dribble, along with a solid short jumper from the baseline.

Jones came in firing in the second quarter, drilling back-to-back triples to open the quarter. He added a third before halftime, part of a night he drained four of his team’s six 3-pointers.

Sawyer Seymour hit the biggest long-range shot. The back-up point guard connected from 26 feet just as the buzzer sounded in the third quarter, bringing his teammates off the bench to celebrate.

Seymour finished with nine points, nailing 6-of-6 from the line in the process.

Nate Elrod added seven points, while Brayson Grayson chipped in five and Evan Watts scored two.

The freshman boys team is scheduled to play again Monday, Feb. 3 at home against Coffee County.