Anyone who thought the Warren County Middle School 7-8 grade boys might struggle in their first-round tournament game against Tullahoma East was terribly wrong.
In a matchup that was more cakewalk than basketball game, the Pioneers earned a 49-23 cruise-control victory Wednesday night at Tullahoma High School.
The win advances the Pioneers (12-7) to the CTC tournament semifinals.
After two one-sided wins against Tullahoma East in the regular season, WCMS coach Kevin Burnett warned his team that anything could happen at tournament time.
The Pioneers started the game on a 17-2 run to put this one away fast. Pioneer guard Treyton Terry continued his red-hot shooting with three first-quarter 3-pointers to give WCMS all the momentum it would need.
Terry finished with a game-high 13 points, followed by Alex van Vuuren with nine and Logan Earls with eight.
Danny Martinez was the top scorer for Tullahoma East with eight.
Coach Burnett said he’s especially pleased with how the Pioneers have played defensively the past six quarters. In their previous game, the Pioneers limited White County to seven points the entire second half. When counting the 23 points WCMS surrendered Wednesday, the Pioneers have only allowed an average of five points a quarter for the past six quarters.
Other Pioneer scorers were Dayton Jernigan with five, Kendal Rutledge and Braylon Grayson with four each, and J.J. Jacobs, Chase Newby and Evan Watts with two points each.
The Pioneers were scheduled to play White County on Thursday night at Tullahoma High School. Results were not available at press time.