Warren County completes season sweep of Northern
Warren County coach Wanda Thompson said she couldn’t help but crack a smile after Tuesday’s 61-42 win over Northern Vance.
Thompson’s Eagles improved to 3-0 and completed a season sweep of the Vikings. Warren County won last week’s contest against Northern, 63-61.
The Eagles have played each game without injured player Justin Fitts, who led the team in scoring a season ago.
“Everyone on the team is stepping up, taking more responsibility, more ownership,” said Thompson. “They have really picked up the defensive intensity and I think that’s key for us. We’ve got to get out here and create a lot of steals on defense to create some easy points.”
Twelve players found the net for Warren County, which outscored Northern 17-8 in the third quarter to take a 45-30 lead into the fourth.
Daniel Hunter and Charlie Williams were the only Eagles in double figures. Both had 11 points.
“No matter who we put in there, all the way down the line, they were playing hard,” said Thompson.
Viking coach Wilton Baskett said the Eagles were probably at their ‘A’ game while Northern was playing at its ‘C-’ game.
“They have a real nice looking team. Coach Thompson has done a good job of getting them to play hard,” Baskett said.
“The kids are knocking the shots down and the big guys are hitting the boards,” added Baskett. “I would think to expect some big things out of them this year.”
Tavin Moore had a game-high 18 points for Northern, including two 3-pointers.
The Vikings (1-4) were down two of their regulars, Jaleel Seward, out with an injury, and James Vaughan, out sick.
A Williams’ jumper put Warren County ahead 16-5 in the first quarter.
A pair of Hunter free throws gave the Eagles a 28-17 lead with about two minutes to go in the first half.
“Tonight is the first night we didn’t show up to play,” Baskett said. “They jumped us — but we got back in the game.”
The final five points of the first half went to Northern. James Alexander scored on a tip-in for Northern with 20 seconds remaining in the first half as Warren County took a 28-22 lead into the locker room.
Baskett said he felt fortunate to have been down only six at the half.
Warren County extended its lead to 14 points within the first few minutes of the third quarter.
Jaylen Jones knocked down a 3 for the Eagles before finding Tyler Thompson with a behind-the-back pass on a fastbreak. Thompson finished with a layup and added a free throw to convert a three-point play.
“I thought the defensive intensity when we came out in the second half definitely turned the game in our favor,” said Wanda Thompson.
Thompson said going forward, the Eagles need to work on sustaining that intensity throughout the game.
Warren County visits Weldon Wednesday and Northern hosts Franklinton Friday.
1 2 3 4 FINAL
NORTHERN 9 13 8 12 42
WARREN 16 12 17 16 61
3pt (2-11), FT (6-13)
Kris Haywood 2, Le’Darius Brandon 9, Tavin Moore 18, Tyrone Neal 2, Dyquan Marrow 1, Scott Hamrick 1, James Alexander 5, Montel Clark 4
3pt (4-14), FT (14-24)
Daniel Hunter 11, Charlie Williams 11, Jaylen Jones 6, Andrew Alston 6, Tyler Thompson 8, Dyami Wortham 3, Kaelen Evans 2, Brian Mayfield 2, Chris Privett 1, Michael Leonard 6, Dennis Waddell 2, Antonio Thompson 3
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