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Espinoza, Taylor Lead Warren Co Over Cavaliers

Warren County’s boys basketball evened their district record to .500 with a 84 to 69 win over the Cookeville Cavaliers, Friday night in McMinnville.

The Pioneers jumped on Cookeville early with a 24 to 11 advantage after the first quarter. Warren County connected on five, of their 10, three pointers for the game in the first quarter.

Cookeville would cut the lead to eight over the next two quarters but Warren County responded with a 25 to 18 point advantage in the fourth to seal the game.

Irving Espinoza broke out of a shooting slump as he scored a game high 28 points for the Pioneers. Espinoza lit the Cavaliers up for eight, threes throughout the ball game.

Warren County’s CJ Taylor also put up big numbers for the night. Taylor added 27 points of his own as he hit 12 total shots from the field and two of his three free throws.

Cookeville’s Braiden Brown led the way for the Cavaliers with 19 points while Will Horner added 14 points. Colin Gilliam, Zach Hall, and Oakley Windle all scored eight points.

Warren County improves to 12-10, and 2-2 in district play.  The Pioneers play a make up game against DeKalb County Tuesday night in McMinnville.

The Cavaliers are still in search for their first district win under first year head coach Josh Heard, as their record falls to 9-12, 0-3. Cookeville travels to Rhea County Tuesday night for another district matchup.

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