With a decisive tournament win, 45-9, over Hickory Creek on Monday night, the Warren County Middle School Pioneer boys moved toward the championship game.
The only team standing in their way is Morrison.
“It’s just one more game in the series,” said Warren County Middle School coach Nico Reyes “Now we get ready for the next one.”
WCMS proved a real challenge for the Hawks, who had difficulty getting their offense going as the Pioneers were king at the forced turnover and Kaden Rutledge was a force to be reckoned with as he made the run-and-gun a staple, earning him game-high scorer with 12 points.
As they have done during the regular season, the Pioneers concentrated on the pass and working inside to post points rather than outside shooting. Pioneer Braylon Grayson was close behind Rutledge with 10 points, providing a scoring team the Hawks couldn’t answer.
Hickory Creek’s offense was led by Alex van Vuuren, who tickled the twine with a nice trey and two free throws for 5 points. Brody Womack and Andrew Key rounded out the Hawks playmakers with 2 points apiece.
Also scoring for the Pioneers were Jax King with 7 points, Wesley Sherrell 6, Jason Jacobs and Braylon Grayson 4 points each, and Grady Burnett scored 2 points.
Championship games begin at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Irving College.