While going through the pregame layup lines, the Warren County Middle School basketball team wondered how a small Franklin South team could possibly handle 6-foot-4 Pioneer post Krojhn Calbert. When the game started the answer was clear - the Trojans couldn’t.
Calbert scored 22 points to lead the Pioneers to a 37-22 victory over Franklin South and improve to 2-1 this season.
Calbert was an overpowering force in the post, oftentimes scoring against double and triple teams from Franklin South.
Fittingly, it was Calbert who started the scoring Monday as the two teams had early trouble scoring the ball. After going three minutes without a basket, Calbert finally broke the ice as he put back a Pioneer miss to make it 2-0.
Calbert and Isaac Golden would each connect from the field later in the first quarter as Warren County led 6-0 after six minutes.
Franklin South realized in the second period getting shots around the rim and over Calbert wasn’t happening so the Trojans began to bomb away from deep.
Luke Limbaugh connected on three 3-pointers and Cole Taylor added another deep ball as Franklin South was able to balance out two baskets from Calbert and a bucket from Isaac Blanton in the second quarter to knot the score at 12 entering halftime.
Warren County was able to get a little daylight in the third quarter as Calbert found the range on two shots and Blanton added a three-point play, but Limbaugh hit another 3-pointer to keep Franklin South within striking distance in the fourth quarter.
When the final period started, Warren County coach Adam Wood knew the offensive plan was to feed Calbert and the defense had to run Limbaugh off the three-point line.
Calbert scored 10 points in the final quarter, including going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line as Franklin South tried fouling the Pioneer post in hopes of slowing him down.
A.D. Majors added three points in the final quarter and took turns with guard Logan Wilson trying to limit Limbaugh. The plan seemed to work as the Pioneers held the Trojans to five points in the final quarter to win for the second time this season.
Blanton and Majors finished with five points apiece for Warren County, followed by Joelah Solomon with three and Golden and Brendon Breedlove with two points each.
The Pioneers will look to run their record to 3-1 tomorrow night when the team visits Tullahoma West. The game will begin shortly after a girls game, which is set to start at 6 p.m.