Warrenton rallies to advance to district semis

Warriors overcome fourth quarter deficit to beat Ft. Zumwalt East


Warrenton guards Troy Anderson and Deadrick Forrest came through late to push Warrenton to the district semifinals. 

Anderson and Forrest combined to score all of Warrenton 17 fourth quarter points in the Warriors' 51-47 win over Ft. Zumwalt East in the Class 5, District 4 quarterfinals. Warrenton overcame a 40-35 deficit in the final quarter. 

Anderson scored 11 of his team-leading 19 points in the final quarter. Forrest scored six of his 11 points in the final quarter. Forrest scored on a three-point play to give Warrenton a 45-44 lead, their first lead of the fourth quarter. He knocked down a pair of free throws to put Warrenton up 47-46. Anderson knocked down four free throws down the stretch to clinch the win for Warrenton. 

Junior Tyler Oliver scored eight of his nine points in the first half. Warrenton led 24-19 at halftime. 

The Warriors are slated to square off against Westminster Christian Friday in the district semifinals. Westminster Christian is the top seed in the district. 

"I just hope we come out and compete," Warrenton boys basketball coach Mark Thomas said. "I'm just going to remind them tomorrow that this is a team we faced this summer and we competed with them. Whatever the score says at the end of the game, as long as you come out and compete and work and you listen and you're playing with each other, for each other, then I'm going to be happy at the end of the night."

Tipoff for Friday night's semifinal is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield.