Warriors bounce back with big win over rival Warren County


 The White County High School Warriors bounced back with a big win over rival Warren County, on Jan. 31. Although it was not a district game, it was a game the Warriors needed to win to stop the slump. The Warriors would improve to 13-8 with a win over the Pioneers. The Warriors came out with much enthusiasm as the game began, a much-needed change from the last few games.

Leading the charge was junior guard Jake Davis, who started the scoring with a 3-pointer early in the first. Davis would score 8 of his 22 points of the night in the first quarter. Tomas Paul would add 6 in the first. Freshman guard Tripp Pinion drove the lane and scored two inside baskets in the first quarter. Senior Jeremiah Gardenhire came off the bench to score a deep 3 from the corner. At the end of the first quarter, the Warriors were up 21-14.

The second quarter started slow, but the Warriors caught fire and put up 18 points, while they only allowed the Pioneers to score one field goal and two free throws. Davis scored his second of 5 three-pointers on the night. Thomas Paul had three field goals to give him 6 in the second. Japeth Richmond had two baskets inside, giving him 4 points in the quarter. Tripp Pinion scored the back end on a two-shot foul, giving him 1 point in the second. Gardenhire came in and had two big baskets for the Warriors. The Warriors outscored the Pioneers 18-4 in the second quarter and took a 39-18 lead into halftime.

The third quarter had glimpses of the games over the past few weeks. Low scoring and missed shots seemed to be slipping back into the game. However, two significant three-pointers by Davis paced the Warriors. Davis finished with 8 points in the quarter. Paul chipped in two free throws to keep a 20-point lead at the end of three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors and Pioneers traded baskets, and the Warriors won the quarter 15-14. Scoring for the Warriors were Davis with the last of his five three-pointers, Paul with 4, Richmond and Pinion with 2 apiece, and two free throws from Gardenhire and Javon Strode.

The Warriors were pleased to see the scoreboard read Warriors 64 and Warren County 43 as time expired.

The Warriors travel to Livingston, on Fb. 4, to take on the Wildcats in district play.


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