Isaiah Cummings made sure the Warren County Middle School varsity basketball team started the season with a victory.
Cummings scored 21 points as the Pioneers went on the road and beat White County 46-33.
Treyton Terry added 14 points as the Pioneers pulled away in the second half after going to the locker rooms tied 18-18 at halftime.
Cumming did most of his damage in the first half from the charity stripe. Armed with a lethal first step and the size to bully by defenders, White County was left hacking away at the shifty Pioneer forward. Cumming sank 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the first half, but really got going when the teams returned to the court.
Cummings slashed to the hoop, pulled up with confidence and flashed an all-around offensive array that White County couldn't handle.
He put the finishing touches on his outburst with a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, giving his team a double-digit lead.
Baylor Melton added four points in the victory, while Dylan Stepp hit a 3-poitner for his lone points. Alex van Vuuren and Jonathan Lara each scored two points.
Lady Pioneers fall
A hot night from the outside wasn't enough for the WCMS girls to pull out a victory in Sparta. The Lady Pioneers lost 44-40 despite hitting seven 3-pointers on the road.
Paige Sweeton was the hottest from outside, connecting on four triples on her way to a 16-point outing. She was followed in scoring by Sable Winfree with 12, Hailey Simpson with six, Alexxia Verge with five and Brianna Taylor with one.
Despite their accuracy from deep, the Lady Pioneers struggled at the free-throw line, missing 12-of-15.
Warren County will try to get its first win Friday at home against Prescott South.