By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
WCHS season closes in Cleveland
WCHS Boys Isaac Golden WEB
Warren Countys regional matchup with Cleveland on Saturday was senior Isaac Goldens last basketball game as a Pioneer.

Leading by 5 points in the first quarter Saturday in Cleveland, the Pioneers lost their momentum going into the break as the Blue Raiders hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a halftime lead of 37-28 that became a downhill slide for Warren County.
The Pioneers lost the regional matchup, 81-62, finishing their season.
“I’m proud of the effort our guys gave,” said Warren County coach Chris Sullens. “We got off to a good start and played really well early. I thought foul trouble affected our overall game plan and the pace in the second quarter favored Cleveland’s style. The 3-point field goal they hit right before the buzzer at halftime was a big shot.”
“The first two-three minutes in the third quarter, they shot the ball really well and also made some very athletic basketball plays,” said Sullens. “They are the most athletic team we have played all year. I was proud of how our group kept battling and tried to get back into the game. Cleveland on their home floor, in the new state-of-the-art facility they have, will be a tough team to beat in the region for the next couple of years.”
Cleveland’s new digs were equipped with a center-hanging information console, a balcony, end bleacher seating and backboards that would light up the perimeter with a red light every time a free throw was made. The extra lighting seemed to help the Pioneers more than the Blue Raiders as Warren County went 11-of-17 for 65 percent from the foul line, while Cleveland hit for 15-of-30 for 50 percent, albeit a higher overall total.
The Blue Raiders took most of the other statistics that add up to a victory, including a 46-30 advantage on points-in-the-paint, a 16-7 advantage in offensive rebounds which helped Cleveland to a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points.
While Warren County won the battle of the boards on defense, the Blue Raiders were adept at picking off Pioneer passes, stealing the rock 16 times compared to Warren County’s 6. In all, the Pioneers ended with 21 turnovers and Cleveland 13.
On the offensive front, the Pioneers were led in scoring by Isaiah Grayson who hit for 22 points, the same total as tall post K’Rojhn Calbert scored in each of the previous two games before this one. Calbert was held to 8 points in the contest.
Warren County stumbled with its outside game as Chance Hobbs was held to one conversion from outside the arc, while Grayson hit for three and Irving Espinoza dialed long distance for the last 3-pointer the Pioneers made. Cleveland didn’t beat the Pioneers from outside by much, hitting six treys in the ballgame, but it was enough.
Sloan Seymour stepped up for the Pioneers in Cleveland, earning 10 points total. Caleb Newby added 8, Hobbs 5, Ethan Smith 4, Irving Espinoza 3, and Isaac Golden hit for 2 points.
Dionte Ware led Cleveland’s scoring with 26 points.
In addition to being the last game of the season, the team will have to fill five leadership roles left by graduating seniors
“This group of seniors asked us as a coaching staff three years ago to help gain some respect back to Pioneer basketball. I can say they have done that,” said Sullens. “From a freshman year where they won seven games and beat one AAA basketball team to two straight region berths with over 30 wins the last two years, and being one possession away from playing in the district finals this year, I think they did that. We will take a couple weeks off and get back to work trying to take this program to the next level.  We have plenty of experience coming back with young men who want to get better. Thank you to all those in Warren County who have supported the program this year. We really appreciate it.”
Graduating seniors for WCHS basketball team are: K’Rojhn Calbert, Isaac Golden, Logan Wilson, McCall Turner and Hunter Black.