The Warren East Raiders moved one step closer to the No. 1 seed in the District 14 Tournament with a 59-54 win at South Warren on Tuesday.
Warren East took the lead for good midway through the second quarter, but had to hold off a late Spartans charge to improve to to 20-5, 6-1 in District 14. The Raiders would win the District 14 outright with a victory against Bowling Green on Friday.
South Warren (13-11, 2-6) led 17-14 after a Zach McDaniel free throw with 6:15 left in the second quarter, before Warren East used a 6-0 run to take the lead for good.
The Raiders led 33-25 at halftime and extended the advantage to 42-32 on a putback by Aron Strange midway through the third quarter.
The Spartans battled back, trimming the deficit to 46-45 on a layin from Cedric Gumm with 4:28 remaining. Warren East answered with five straight to push the lead back to six points. The Spartans got as close as 51-49, but couldn't get any closer.
Chase Bryant led Warren East with 16 points, while Strange added 10 points.
McDaniel finished with a game-high 21 points, while Travis Hardcastle added 16 points for South Warren.
South Warren 69, Warren East 34 (Girls)
The Lady Spartans exploded for 30 first quarter points and cruised from there, improving to 9-16, 5-3 in district play.
Playing without leading scorer Colby Downing, who is likely out for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in her right foot, South Warren scored the first 12 points and led 30-7 after one period.
The lead grew to 48-18 by halftime and ballooned to 36 points in the fourth quarter.
Nine Lady Spartans scored. Abby Cassady led the way with 14 points, while Brittany Taylor added 11 points.
Justice Martin led Warren East with 19 points.