With three key players sitting on the bench for much of the second half due to foul trouble, the WCMS varsity boys turned to defense Monday night in Coffee County.
The Pioneers held Coffee County to seven points in the second half in pulling away for a 45-29 victory.
Micah Webster had a crucial three-point play and Sloan Seymour scored all five of his points in the fourth quarter to ensure WCMS would win on the road.
The game couldn’t have started any slower for WCMS as Coffee County hit a pair of 3-pointers in jumping out to an 8-0 lead. But the Pioneers would claw their way back thanks to the aggressive play of Crockett Walker, who collected steals and rebounds on his way to 14 first-half points.
However, along with points, Walker also collected fouls. He picked up his fourth foul defending a desperation shot at the first-half buzzer as the Pioneers were up 26-22 at the break.
Walker would pick up his fifth foul just one minute into the third quarter, which created problems for the Pioneers because Jamison Holt and Isaiah Rutledge were also in foul trouble.
Rutledge would foul out too, while Holt was able to score six second-half points while playing with four fouls. Holt would finish with 10.
Faced with foul problems, WCMS would turn to its defense and played man-to-man for much of the second half. The pressure eliminated the open 3-point looks Coffee County was getting in the first half and shut down the Red Raider offense.
The win improves WCMS to 7-4 heading into a road game Thursday at DeKalb County. The game will be played in front of the student body.
WCMS scoring – Walker 14, Holt 10, Webster 7, Seymour 5, Ben Clark 4, Brandon Hennessee 3, Rutledge 2
Coffee County top scorers – Andrew Mahaffey 10, Weston Hargrove 7