By Ed Greif
The Cumberland County High School basketball teams dropped a pair of District 6AAA games Friday night at Warren County. The Lady Jets were beaten 34-28, while the Jets were beaten 67-50.
Warren County 34, CCHS 28: The Lady Jets led 6-4 on a Alli Hyder jumper, but the Lady Pioneers finished the quarter with a 5-2 run for a 9-8 advantage.
CCHS was three of 16 from the field with four turnovers, while Warren County was three of 12 with six turnovers. Sloane VanWinkle had three steals for the Lady Jets, while Gina Dick had two thefts.
Warren County extended the lead to 17-12 at the break, with an 8-4 second quarter. The Lady Pioneers were three of 10 from the field with four turnovers, while CCHs was two of nine with five turnovers.
The Lady Pioneers outscored CCHS 9-5 in the third quarter for a 26-17 advantage, as they were four of live from the field, while CCHS was one of 13 with three turnovers.
CCHS opened the fourth quarter with an 8-1 run to slice the lead to 27-25, but the Lady Pioneers hit eight of 16 free throws to seal the victory.
For the game, Warren County was 13 of 31 from the free throw line and 10 of 36 from the field with 16 turnovers, while CCHS was five of six from the free throw and 11 of 60 from the field.
Leading the Lady Jets were Maddi Potter (two rebounds), Dick (seven points, 10 rebounds, three steals), Hyder (seven points, two rebounds, one steal), Sloane VanWinkle (two points, three steals), Skylar VanWinkle (two rebounds, one assist, one steal), Rebekah Teeple (six markers, five rebounds, one assist), Kelsie Eldridge, Kassidy Sommer (six points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal) and Courtney Smith (six rebounds, one assist, two steals).
Warren County 67, CCHS 50: The game got off to a strange start. When Kendal Rutledge buried a trey, the Pioneer fans threw toliet paper, i.e. a "blizzard," on the floor, resulting in a a technical foul being assessed on Warren County.
Tayler Houston converted one of the two free throws and later hit a trey to give the Jets a 4-3 lead. The Pioneers then reeled off 20-unanswered points to take a 20-4 lead by quarter's end. CCHS was just one of 10 from the field with seven turnovers, while Warren County was nine of 13 with six miscues.
CCHS continued their shooting woes, hitting five of 20 from the field in the second quarter, but still outscored the Pioneers 16-10 to slice the deficit to 33-20 at the break.
The Jets outscored Warren County 11-9 in the third quarter to slice the lead to 42-31 by quarter's end.
The Pioneers opened the final quarter with an 8-0 run for a 50-31 lead, but a layup by Dylan Qualls started a 19-17 run to make the final score 67-50.
CCHS finished the game, hitting 21 of 59 from the field and four of six from the charity stripe with 19 rebounds, 11 assists, 17 steals and 18 turnovers, while Warren County was 26 of 54 from the floor and 13 of 18 from the free throw line with 25 turnovers.
Leading CCHS were Diego Poore (two points, four rebounds, one assist, three steals), Dylan Qualls (two points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals), J.J. Miller (six points, two rebounds, two steals), Austin Brown (one assist), Alex Dixon (one assist, one steal), Tayler Houston (eight points, two rebounds, one assist, four steals), Cade Smith (one steal), Logan Parsons (11 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals) and Cameron O'Rourke (two points, one rebound).
•In junior varsity action at Warren County, the Lady Jets won 31-27, and the Jets were victorious 33-32.