The WCMS sixth-grade basketball teams split with Coffee County on Tuesday night at the middle school gym.
The WCMS boys increased their season record to 2-1 by routing Coffee County 31-10. The Lady Pioneers lost a thriller 27-26 to fall to 0-3.
The opener between the Lady Pioneers and the Lady Raiders was close at halftime with Warren County leading 11-9. Coffee County took a 20-13 lead in the second half, and the Lady Pioneers rallied to tie the game, 26-26. Defensive steals were a major part of Warren County’s comeback, and Lady Pioneer Cortlyn Porter provided the firepower on offense by scoring all of Warren County’s 9 points in the fourth quarter.
There was only 25 seconds left with the score tied 26-26 when Coffee County’s Hayleigh Harns went to the foul line to shoot two free throws. Harns made 1-of-2 and that proved to be the winning margin for Coffee County, 27-26. Warren County was 1-of-9 from the free throw line in the game.
After the game, WCMS head coach Leanne Pelham Morrison was asked how her team rallied late to tie the score after being down 7 points. Morrison said, “We never quit. We started man defense -- that is when we started stealing the ball.”
Lady Pioneer standout player and former Hickory Creek Hawk Cortlyn Porter said, “I feel good. We could have done better on our free throws. We missed a lot of them. I like my teammates on this team.”
COFFEE COUNTY 27
WARREN COUNTY 26
WARREN COUNTY: Cortlyn Porter 17, Brynlee Chisam 4, Kaydence Wiser 3, Natalie Payne 2
The boys game started out slow with Warren County on top 5-0 after the first quarter. The Pioneers exploded for 15 points in the second quarter and led 20-4 at halftime. Luke Simpson led all players with 15 points, and he scored 7 of those points in the second quarter.
Simpson hit his second 3-pointer in the third quarter as the Pioneers increased their lead to 29-6 at the end of three quarters. Simpson looked like a field commander throughout the game dribbling all over the court and making shots from the 3-point line to layups on fast breaks.
WARREN COUNTY 31
COFFEE COUNTY 10
WARREN COUNTY: Luke Simpson 15, Luke Thomas 6, Dominic Robertson 4, Trey Martin 2, Kyler Carpenter 2, Josh Powell 2