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WCMS too hot for Coffee
Pioneers heat up in second half
C.J. Taylor is poised to pass the ball out to an unguarded Eli Jones on his drive to the basket in the first half.

After a lackluster start in the first half for WCMS, the team went into the half down four points to Coffee County. The Pioneers regrouped and came out focused in the second half and claimed a 38-30 win over Coffee County.
Despite the loss, Brandon Jernigan for Coffee County led all scorers with a game-high 20 points. He scored 14 from the floor and shot 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.
The WCMS defense was the story of the game in the second half. The Pioneers almost cut off all access to the basket for Coffee County. Jernigan and Jaxon Vaughn were the only two Red Raiders to get in close for Coffee County. The rest of the floor was on lockdown and the Pioneers held the key.
On offense for the Pioneers, Micah Webster attacked the basket after he went scoreless in the first half. He dropped his first eight points of the game inside the Red Raider defense. Eli Jones remained hot from the outside and the Coffee County defense continued to leave him unguarded. Jones dialed up and connected from deep for his third 3-point basket of the game.
Jerry Mrema and Carter Mansfield slipped through the cracks left in the Red Raider defense and they each added two points. After the third quarter, WCMS claimed the lead and Coffee County trailed 23-16.
The Pioneers spread the ball around the floor in the final quarter and the Red Raider defense was unsure who to watch. Webster worked inside where he picked up an easy deuce and he stepped to the line and knocked down a pair of free throws.
Mansfield pulled up and fired a 3-point shot that dropped. Eli Jones and C.J. Taylor got open looks against the tough Red Raider defense down the stretch. WCMS pushed the tempo and continued its assault on the basket the entire fourth quarter.
On defense, WCMS fell off the pace as several players did not have time to get back down the floor. Coffee County went back on the attack and Jernigan was unstoppable in the fourth. He tried to carry the heavy offensive load alone. He added eight more points before the end of the quarter.
The lead WCMS amassed in the third quarter was just too big for the Red Raiders to overcome and Coffee County was defeated by a final score of 38-30.
It was a low-scoring first half, a complete opposite of the second half. WCMS struggled to establish an inside post game in the first or second quarters. Webster was open on occasion but the Pioneer guards were late in finding him.
The first half bright spot for WCMS was sharp-shooting ace Eli Jones. Jones was the only offense in the first quarter. All other shots were off target and after one WCMS trailed 6-3. In the second quarter, it was Jones again left open for a split second. He fired and he hit. This time C.J. Taylor connected just inside the paint and helped Jones in his efforts.
In the first half for Coffee County it was all Jernigan and he scored 10 of the 12 first-quarter points. The Pioneer defense had no answer for Jernigan. Vaughn did get inside just enough to help with his first two points of the game and at the half the Pioneers trailed 12-8.
WCMS played a stellar third quarter and the Pioneers controlled both ends of the floor. They capitalized after the half and defeated Coffee County, 38-30.
PIONEER SCORING – Eli Jones 13, Micah Webster 12, Carter Mansfield 6, C.J. Taylor 5, Jerry Mrema 2
RED RAIDER SCORING – Brandon Jernigan 20, Blanton Brown 4, Jaxon Vaughn 4, Kyle Farless 2