Eagles on a roll: Warren County pulls away from Southern
Tyler Thompson and Charlie Williams’ combined 35 points led Warren County to a season sweep over Southern Vance Friday night in a 63-57 win at Raider Gymnasium.
Thompson finished with 19 points and Williams had 16 for the Eagles, who improved to 6-0.
“It’s hard to defend against two good scorers,” said Warren County coach Wanda Thompson. “If you have quick ball movement — you hit the middle, then the outside — it takes a lot of pressure off the post people. The defense has to come out more on (Tyler Thompson and Williams) and then maybe get the post open a little more.”
Williams drove the lane for back-to-back buckets to put the guests up 55-51 with 1:17 to go.
A Reggie Hunter basket inside got Southern (3-4) back within two points with 57 seconds to play before a Warren County turnover.
But the Eagles came up with the ball and Williams drove the length of the court for another lay-in finish to put his team up 57-53.
“He goes hard to the basket, he’s not afraid of anything,” said Wanda Thompson.
Markel Hawkins split at the line for Southern with 26 seconds to play.
With 14 seconds on the clock, Hunter was whistled for a technical foul for clapping his hands near the face of Dennis Waddell, who was staring Hunter down after Hunter intentionally fouled him.
Southern coach Torrey Nowell praised the overall hustle of Hunter, who finished with five points. Nowell said he would take the blame for the technical.
“The other day we worked on not talking to the other guy, just clap it up and walk away,” said Nowell. “I told him what to do, so I’ll take the blame for that. That’s on me.”
Waddell hit both of his technical free throws and missed the two personal foul shots.
The Eagles retained possession and went back to the line where Tyler Thompson knocked down a pair of shots. Warren County was 6-for-6 on free throws in the final 13 seconds.
Warren County was up 10 at halftime and led 42-36 entering the fourth quarter.
The two sides traded leads five times in the fourth quarter before Waddell, a post player, nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing, putting the Eagles up 51-49 with 3:35 to play.
“We will bring him out on that motion offense and he has the green light to take the 3,” said Wanda Thompson. “I’m not sure if he had the green light at that particular time, but it worked.”
Ty-Traveon Roberts, who led the Raiders with 23 points, tied the game at 51 on an inside finish. Hawkins also finished in double figures for Southern with 14.
“We’re not there yet,” said Nowell. “Once we get these guys to the point where they are all disciplined and believing that this is a team game and not an individual game, we’ll have something. But until then, this is the type of outcome you’re going to see.”
Southern visits Franklinton on Wednesday and Warren County opens conference play at home to Louisburg Friday.
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