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WCHS junior Sawyer Seymour was solid at the free throw line in the double overtime victory over Upperman on Tuesday night. Seymour made 7 free throws in the overtime periods. Seymour is shown at the foul line from a recent home game against Siegel. - photo by Brad Durham

The high school Pioneer basketball team travelled to Baxter on Tuesday night and beat Upperman in double overtime, 77-74. The Pioneers are now 5-2 for the season, and Upperman fell to 3-3 for the young season. Upperman is in a region with White County and DeKalb County this year.

It was a game that Warren County believes it should have won in regulation after only scoring five points in the first quarter. The Pioneers scored 26 points in the second quarter, and were up 31-25 at halftime. A sign of things to come was the 46-46 tie at the end of three quarters. The game ended in regulation with a 60-60 tie.

Sawyer Seymour was clutch, making all seven of his free throws in the overtimes and a 3-point shot to help the Pioneers prevail with a win. Seymour made 9 of 10 free throws in the game and led Warren County in scoring with 22 points. 

Sophomore Treyton Terry had 20 points that demonstrated the point guard can make critical baskets in a tight game. Terry made a 3-pointer and contributed 7 points in overtime. Chance Hunter made two 3-pointers in the second quarter in his first appearance of the season.


HEAD COACH

COMMENTS

Head coach Chris Sullens said, “We had 10-11 guys contribute, and we scored the ball much better after a struggle in first quarter. Defense led to some transition. We had some guys step up through the entire game, and hit big shots. Chance Hunter coming back from injury gave us a lift in second quarter.”

Sullens continued, “Our guard play is getting better. Our inside guys are working their tails off to control the rebounding battle. We need to be more efficient on the offensive end late in games. Shot selection is so important. We also need guys to be more consistent night in and night out. Upperman has a quality program. They are always in the hunt yearly for district and region titles and state berths. It’s a tough place to play, and our kids did just enough to win a ball game on the road.” 

Regarding Franklin, Friday night’s opponent at the Dalt, Sullens said, “Franklin is well coached. They always reload, and Williamson County is a hotbed of talent. It is very competitive over there. They are well-disciplined and will be a good test for us.”

“We are probably 9-10 deep. We are going through some growing pains. They know what we expect of them. We are healthy. We are one possession away from being 6-1, and this is a hard-working team. This is a young basketball team. This is the hardest-working team we have had on the basketball floor. I think we need to bond together more as a basketball team over the next few weeks.”


PLAYER COMMENTS

Sawyer Seymour shared some thoughts about the game, “I think we should have gotten out there with a win in the fourth quarter. We have to work on finishing games, but it felt good to win since we have not won up there before.” 

Seymour was asked about making his free throws in overtime, and he replied, “Before I shot my first one (in overtime), coach Bond told me to hold my follow through. He said that on my last ones, I had been popping them.” 


Seymour was asked about how the season is going and Franklin tonight. Seymour responded, “I think we are getting closer as a team. Franklin is well-coached and has some good players.”


NEXT GAMES

The Pioneers play Franklin at home Friday night. Tullahoma will be at the Dalt for a rematch Tuesday night. Tullahoma’s football team won the TSSAA 4A Championship this past Saturday in Chattanooga.


BOYS

PIONEERS 77

UPPERMAN 74


WARREN COUNTY Sawyer Seymour 22, Treyton Terry 20, Kaden Rutledge 9, Keldrick Cox 6, Alex van Vuuren 6, Chance Hunter 6, Isaiah Cummings 3, Braylon Grayson 2, Nate Elrod 2, Eli Kuykendall 1

UPPERMAN A.J. Nash 22, Jyron McClellan 17, Rex Davis 10, Brayden Roberts 10, Hayden Petty 7, Jaxson Bush 4, Will Hull 2, Branon Turnbow 2