Lady Pioneers still making the trip
COVID-19 has struck again.
The Warren County High School boys basketball team will not be making the trip to Manchester Thursday night to take on the Coffee County Red Raiders. The boys basketball program in Manchester has entered a 10-day quarantine, according to reporting by Thunder Radio.
The Lady Pioneers are still going to play against Coffee County. Tip-off against the stout Lady Raiders will be at 6 p.m. Coach Anthony Lippe didn't want to miss out on a chance for his Lady Pioneers to play.
"We are going to go ahead and play. We just don't know what tomorrow brings with the situation COVID brings," said Lippe, who has led the Lady Pioneers to a 3-1 mark. "I just want our girls to be able to play. They have worked hard and this sort of thing could happen a lot throughout this year."
Warren County freshman games against Franklin County at home Thursday, Dec. 3 are also postponed.
The Pioneers and Red Raiders were supposed to face off Monday, but the game was moved due to snow. Both schools agreed to play Thursday, but Coffee County found out late Wednesday its entire roster would be quarantined.
It's the second time the Pioneers have had a game postponed for COVID-19. The first was the opening game of the season, one Warren County had to reschedule because the Warren County administration shut down all athletics at WCHS for eight days.
"It's part of the year we are having to deal with," said Pioneer coach Chris Sullens, who had his team on the court Tuesday, Nov. 24 when the Pioneers defeated Cannon County. "We will deal with it the best we can and get back on the practice floor tomorrow to prepare for Monterey.
"We will reschedule with Coffee County as soon as we can find a date that works."
Warren County is currently 3-1 on the season. The Pioneers lost their first game of the season to Franklin Road, but have bounced back with wins over Community, DeKalb County and Cannon County. Thursday's matchup was set to be the first road game of the year for the Pioneers, but now it is likely Warren County won't play a game outside of Charlie Dalton Gym until it faces Franklin on Thursday, Dec. 10.
The opening four games provided some big highlights for the Pioneers, including CJ Taylor eclipsing 1,000 points, Sullens earning his 100th win at Warren County and senior guard Dee Spates scoring a career-high 21 points in a win over Community.
Warren County is still set to play Monterey at Charlie Dalton Gym Friday night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.