Monday night at Warren County Middle School, the Pioneers faced off against the Red Raiders of Coffee County. Both teams would get off to a slow start scoring but the Pioneers would hold off any attempts down the stretch and defeat the Red Raiders, 35-19.
In a very strong defensive battle on both ends of the floor, it would be Crockett Walker who led the Pioneers scoring a game-high 14 points.
Monday night was a physical matchup for WCMS and you could see it in the Red Raiders style of play. Coffee County would try and anticipate the pass and jump into the lanes. WCMS would draw contact and get to the free-throw line as the Pioneers connected on 3-of-7 in the first quarter.
The Pioneer defense kept the Red Raider offense at bay by limiting them to only one field goal in the first quarter and Coffee County shot 50 percent from the free-throw line. The Red Raiders just were not able to settle into any type of rhythm as WCMS pressured the ball in the first half.
Jamison Holt and Walker kept the Pioneer offense going with seven second-quarter points between the two as the low scoring first half came to a close with WCMS up over Coffee County 14-9.
WCMS took control by scoring the first six points of the third quarter to go up 20-9. It was more offense from Walker, Holt, and Ben Clark in the third quarter, backed by full-court pressure on the ball and the Red Raiders were down 24-15 at the end of three.
WCMS guards Sloan Seymour and Brandon Hennessee were able to break any Coffee County pressure thrown at them and avoid costly turnovers that could have allowed the Red Raiders back in the game.
Coffee County seemed to be running out of gas down the stretch. The Red Raiders were not able to knock down shots when they had them. The Pioneers picked up the pace late in the game and they were able to outrun and outlast the Red Raider to the finish line, 35-19.
The Pioneers did not have their best night shooting the ball, but relentless pressure on the ball and keeping their hands in the face of the Red Raiders definitely kept the Coffee County offense in check Monday night.
The win improves the WCMS varsity boys to 10-4 for the regular season. Next up for the Pioneers is a home game Thursday night against Shelbyville.
WCMS SCORING – Crockett Walker 14, Jamison Holt 13, Ben Clark 6, Isaiah Rutledge 2
RED RAIDER TOP SCORERS – Andrew Mahaffey 6, Weston Hargrove 5