Warren County suffered its second straight road loss Monday night, this time against the Wildcats of Wilson Central. The Wildcats dominated play for three of the four quarters versus the Pioneers.
Warren County was down at the half, 38-17, and the Pioneer offense struggled to find its range throughout the third. The Pioneers came to life in the fourth, but the damage was done. Wilson Central defeated Warren County, 67-50.
Trevor Gaines for Warren County and Dennis Stallings were the game-high scorers. Each player scored 17 points for their respective teams. Gaines was limited in the first half and only allowed two points.
In the second half, Gaines battled his way inside the low post where he did most of his damage. He dropped in 14 points from the paint and after contact, completed the and-1.
Warren County’s 24-point fourth quarter was too little, too late against the ferocious attack by the Wildcats. Gaines went to work immediately in the fourth and he pounded the blocks in the low post. He refused to go down without a fight.
Joelah Solomon helped clean up the offensive glass and he added two points in the fourth for Warren County.
Wesley Jennings was also left alone beyond the arch and Jennings let it fly over the defense and scored his only 3-pointer as time ticked off the clock.
Warren County exerted its best defensive effort in the fourth quarter and held the Wildcat offense to just 11 points. Sam Presley and Stallings connected on a pair of 3-pointers and helped the Wildcats maintain their lead.
Time ran out on the Pioneer offense just as it started to settle into a rhythm. It was too much Wildcat offense early and Wilson Central accumulated a large enough early lead and withstood the late run by Warren County.
The Wildcats defeated the Pioneers for the second time this season, 67-50.
Warren County scored a dismal seven points in the first quarter. Isaiah Grayson opened up from beyond the arch and buried his only 3-pointer of the game. Chance Hobbs and Gaines combined for the other four points of the quarter. After one complete, Warren County trailed 18-7.
The Wildcat offense pounced and continued its attack. Dez Mason led Wilson Central with eight points before the half.
Warren County came out flat in the second and only slightly improved its shooting. Hobbs spotted up from behind the arch and fired. He hit his mark and Hobbs led the Pioneers with five as the half approached.
Lucas Patrick entered the game and tangled with the Wildcat defense. He was rewarded with four points in his efforts and at the half Warren County trailed 38-17.
The second half picked up right where the first half left off. Wilson Central controlled the pace and Warren County tried to play catch up. Grayson and Gaines tried to support the lifeless Pioneer offense in the third. The two combined for seven of the nine points in the third.
Warren County’s four-game road trip wraps up this Friday night versus Rhea County. The Pioneers return home Jan. 19 against Stone Memorial with the Lady Pioneer game scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.
WILDCAT SCORING – Dennis Stallings 17, Gavin Johnson 11, Dez Mason 10, Aaron Schoch 6, Devon High 5, Adam Williams 5, Nick Ochua 5, Sam Presley 3, Dawson Hamilton 3, Cole Booth 2
PIONEER SCORING – Trevor Gaines 17, Isaiah Grayson 9, Chance Hobbs 7, Joelah Solomon 4, Lucas Patrick 4, Wesley Jennings 3, Caleb Newby 3, Christian Locke 2, Tyree Ladet 1