With the game knotted at 40, Jamison Holt came up big in the clutch.
Holt scored four points in the final 1:16, while Sloan Seymour added an assist and two free throws as the Warren County High School freshman basketball team defeated Cannon County on Monday night. The Pioneers claimed a 46-40 win at Charlie Dalton Gym.
Holt finished as the team-high scorer with 16 points. Ethan Smith added 10.
Cannon County’s Brandon Miles was the game-high scorer with 17.
It was a game the Pioneers looked like they might put away early in second quarter when they cruised to a 24-7 lead. But missed opportunities in the paint and some shaky foul shooting allowed Cannon County to hang around.
Holding a 32-25 lead, Warren County missed back-to-back layups midway through the third quarter and the Lions seized the opening. Cannon County would slowly chip away at the lead and 3-pointers from Miles and Charlie Parrish tied the score at 40.
On an isolation play, Seymour drove past his man and got to the lane. That’s where he dished to Holt for a 42-40 lead with 1:16 to play.
As Warren County was trying to run out the clock, Holt spun his way to the basket and was fouled with :15 left. He hit both shots to put the Pioneers ahead 44-40.
Warren County applied backcourt pressure and came up with a steal. Seymour was fouled and he hit two free throws in the final seconds to ensure no comeback was in store, 46-40.
The Pioneers appeared ready to coast to victory when their full-court diamond press frustrated the Lions. It produced a couple turnovers, but more importantly, it prevented Cannon County from establishing offensive rhythm.
When Dillon Young slashed to the rim for a layup and Holt used an up-and-under move, the Pioneers had a 24-7 lead.
But Cannon County managed to score 14 of the next 18 points and remain firmly in striking distance at the half, 28-21.
The win allows the WCHS freshman team to jump out to a 1-0 start.
Warren County – Jamison Holt 16, Ethan Smith 10, Dillon Young 6, Sloan Seymour 6, Isaiah Rutledge 3, Austin Newby 2, Crockett Walker 2, Ben Clark 1
Cannon County – Brandon Miles 17, Charlie Parrish 8, Dalton Hillis 6, Dakota Glenn 5, Jacob Raines 4