The Pioneers began the game undefeated Thursday night, and after four quarters stayed that way as the rematch with White County ended with another win, 33-28, for WCMS.
“We did well in the regular season, but it’s tournament time now and we have to take one game at a time,” said WCMS basketball head coach Isaiah Phillips.
It wasn’t a cake walk by any means as both teams battled for supremacy in the paint. White County shot well from the line going 5-of-6 for 83 percent, but Warren County scored more points hitting 6-of-9 for 67 percent.
A close game, 27-23, Warren County after three quarters, it got down to one field goal difference when the Pioneers found another gear. Kaden Jordan, the big post for Warren County, started grabbing boards on both ends of the court, and C.J. Taylor intercepted several Sparta passes, frustrating the Warriors, who aren’t used to playing catchup.
The tenacious D of the Pioneers was devastating to White County as Warren County played aggressive, but clean, giving up just six free throws in the contest. Not one White County player broke double digits in the contest while WCMS’s Taylor and Jordan made 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Other Pioneers who posted points were Dante Elam with 4 points and C.J. Anthony, Chase Simmerly and Tyler Taylor all hit for 2 points apiece.
Warren County Middle School starts CTC postseason tournament play Tuesday, Jan. 24 against East at Tullahoma High School. Game time is 5 p.m.