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WCMS successful in home openers
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Carter Simpson appears to be breaking a tackle as he drives toward the rim. Simpson made the layup but the goal was not allowed because Simpson was fouled before he was in the act of shooting. WCMS beat Franklin North, 41-25.
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Maci McBride led the middle school Lady Pioneers in scoring Monday night against North Middle with 12 points. The WCMS Lady Pioneers opened their season with a high-scoring 52-45 win. - photo by Brad Durham

The varsity WCMS basketball teams opened their season at home against Franklin North on Monday night. Both Warren County Middle School teams won. The girls won 52-45, and the boys won 41-25.

Player and coaches wore pink T-shirts in commemoration of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The teams wore the shirts in warmups and played in their white uniforms during the game. The Warren County side was packed with fans for the first game of the season.

The Lady Pioneers were very aggressive defensively and made a lot of shots on offense. Warren County had a 17-15 lead over the Gatorettes at the end of the first quarter, and maintained a slight lead at halftime, 30-27.

The Lady Pioneers created some separation in the third by taking a 40-35 lead. Warren County increased its lead in the fourth quarter with five Lady Pioneers scoring points. North could not keep pace with Warren County, and in simple terms, the Lady Pioneers made good shots. Scoring 52 points for a middle school girls basketball game is impressive.

Maci McBride was the top scorer in the game with 12 points for Warren County. Ruby Denning was second with 11 points. The Lady Pioneers were relentless in attacking the basket throughout the game and they were effective making outside shots as well as scoring on layups.


Seventh-grader Maci McBride commented after the game, “I felt good. I am glad we won. We hustled down the court.”

WCMS head coach Mendy Stotts summed up the game, and highlighted the switch from man-to-man defense to zone defense as the reason Warren County increased its lead in the fourth quarter. 

Stotts said, “I have a lot of hustlers, good shooters, and girls who want to win ballgames. We got in a little foul trouble in the beginning by being overly aggressive. I think we settled down when we went to a zone defense. We hustled, and we made shots.”




WARREN COUNTY: Maci McBride 12, Ruby Denning 11, Addison Steakley 8, Alexia Ross 8, Aubrey Olesik 7, Katie Betchel 6

FRANKLIN NORTH: Gracen Baggett 10, Jaelyn Ritchie 8, Malloree May 7, Faith Vincent 6, Kenzie Arnold 5, Josie Davis 5, Aahra Carter 4

The Pioneers dominated North for the entire game, and jumped to a big lead in the first quarter, 14-5. Carter Simpson fired up shots from all over the court, and led the Pioneers in scoring with 15 points. DeShawn Adams played strong in the paint and was the second-leading scorer for Warren County with 13 points.

The Pioneers took an early commanding lead, but were playing more individually than as a team. Head boys coach Kevin Burnett said the game felt like a scrimmage in some respects because they have had players out sick, and not had a lot of time with a full squad in practice. 

Burnett said, “We have only had about three weeks to get ready, and we really were not ready. Some guys were out sick that hurt us. We went zone tonight, and we really didn’t want to. But we were afraid we would get exposed if we didn’t.”

Burnett continued, “I thought they played hard. I was really impressed with No. 34, DeShawn Adams who actually played better tonight than he has recently in practice. We have a lot to work on, and I didn’t know a lot about this team. We got a game in that we can work on now to correct mistakes.”




WARREN COUNTY: Carter Simpson 15, DeShawn Adams 13, Ayden Odineal 8, Hector Marquez 3, Luke Simpson 2.

FRANKLIN NORTH: Braydon Arnold 5, Gavin Wise 5, Kyren Peace 4, Will Hyuden 3, Lamar Robinson 3, Nathan Gautech 2, Jackson Knight 2, Cayden Poff 1


Warren County Middle School’s teams are on the road Thursday night at Franklin South in Cowan, and return home Monday against Tullahoma East.