Warren County head coaches reflect on seasons
The shots weren’t falling for the Warren County boys basketball team Wednesday at Clinton as the No. 11 Eagles were eliminated from the state playoffs, 61-45.
No. 6 Clinton (23-5) advanced to face No. 3 Southwest Onslow (18-3) Friday in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A playoffs.
Warren County head coach Wanda Thompson said Clinton was an athletic team and knocked down some 3-pointers.
A.J. Alston led the Eagles with 16 points and Dennis Waddell has 10 points and six rebounds. Tyler Thompson added six points and Kaelen Evans finished with five points.
Senior-laden Warren County finished the season at 19-7 overall.
“It was just a very successful season,” said Wanda Thompson. “I told them to lift their chins high because they had a great season.”
Wanda Thompson said Warren County brought a large and vocal group of fans down to Sampson County and that the Eagles’ locker room was an emotional one following the loss.
“It’s a special group of kids,” said the Eagles head coach. “I sure am going to miss them. I wish we could have gone farther.”
Warren County finished second to Bunn in the Northern Carolina Conference. The second-seeded Wildcats (24-3) are the lone NCC team remaining and host No. 10 Jacksonville Northside (21-3) Friday.
Lady Eagles know what to expect next season
The Warren County girls basketball team finished its season Monday at No. 4 East Bladen (27-1) in the first round of the state playoffs.
Warren County (11-13), inexperienced entering the season, fell 56-27.
“Fatigue played a factor. Shots just weren’t falling,” said Warren County head coach Shannon Jones. “We’re looking forward to coming back stronger next year. The players are more experienced now. They know what to expect.”