Kaden Rutledge is the barometer for the Warren County Middle School boys basketball team. If he’s playing well, the Pioneers usually win.
Thursday in Manchester, Rutledge was running hot. The star guard scored 23 points to lead the Pioneers to a 44-33 victory over Coffee County.
Warren County (9-6) scored just two points in the first quarter, getting a bucket from Braylon Grayson, before Rutledge exploded.
Rutledge erupted in James Harden-like fashion, crafting his game to get to the rim or bomb away from the outside. Rutledge scored 14 points in the second quarter alone, kick-starting his flurry of points with a long 3-pointer. He also bullied his way to the basket, connecting on a couple layups while also hitting 7-of-7 free throws.
Rutledge stayed hot in the second half, coming out of the gates with a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter. Coffee County did all it could to keep the ball away from the Pioneer shooting guard, leaving openings for others.
Treyton Terry took full advantage.
With Coffee County trying to creep back into the contest, Terry drilled back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to squash the home squad. It was part of a 14-point night for the point guard, who connected on four 3-pointers.
Collin Panter added three points in the victory, while Grayson and Chase Newby added two points apiece.
Warren County will be at home Monday night against Shelbyville Harris.