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WCMS Pioneers bust Broncos
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While the Morrison Eagles were home enjoying a bye during the final week of the Warren County 5-6 grade elementary boys regular season, the Warren County Pioneers were busy beating the Boyd Broncos to force a tie atop the standings.
Warren County defeated Boyd 44-13 Monday night, giving the Pioneers and Eagles identical 10-1 records entering the final night of the regular season. With wins tomorrow night, Warren County and Morrison will be co-champions in the regular season and a coin flip will determine the No. 1 seed in next week’s tournament.
The Pioneers barely broke a sweat Monday while beating the Broncos. Warren County jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter behind six points from forward Crockett Walker and five points from Brandon Hennessee, who ignited an 9-0 run with a 3-pointer.
Boyd was able to trim the lead to nine right before the end of the first quarter when Bryson Stiles sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the right wing.
The momentum from Stiles’ shot didn’t last long as the Pioneers got great production from their bench in the second quarter.
Joshua Macanas scored four points in the second quarter on a pair of layups, while Adrian Tejas scored his first points of the season on a short jumper. Will Cantrell and Riley Prater also got in the action with baskets to help Warren County lead 25-7 at halftime.
The Pioneers pushed their lead to 30 when Hennessee sank two more 3-pointers in the third quarter and Walker moved into double figures for the game with back-to-back baskets in the period.
Leading 39-9 entering the fourth quarter, Warren County slowed the game down considerably and got four points from Macanas in the final period to wrap up the scoring.
Stiles and Will Rivers, who each finished with five points apiece for the Broncos, added late baskets for Boyd.
Hennessee finished with 11 points to lead the Pioneers. Walker followed with 10, while Macanas added eight. Rounding out the scoring for Warren County was Sloan Seymour and Jamison Holt with four each, Cantrell, Prater and Tejas with two apiece and Isaiah Rutledge with one.
Heath Kuykendall, the league’s leading scorer, was held to three points as the Broncos dropped to 2-9.
Warren County will try to finish its season on a 10-game winning streak tomorrow when the Pioneers play host to Irving College. Boyd will welcome Morrison as the Eagles will be looking for their 11th win on the final night of the regular season. Boys action is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.