Conference struggles continue for Boone boys, girls
By Christopher ShieldsThe Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School have been on the cusp all season of notching their first conference victory, just to have it snatched away in the waning moments.
This was once again the story for the Lady Blazers, already 0-3 in the conference, during their Dec. 4 matchup against Sullivan South.
After a huge third quarter, where the Lady Blazers outscored South by 12 points, Boone entered the final quarter on their home floor ahead by seven points and appearing on their way to the team’s first conference win of the season.
Boone answered South through the first seven minutes of the quarter, controlling a four-point advantage in the final minute. But South tied the contest in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
The Lady Blazers wouldn’t score a single point in the extra stanza, as South chipped in eight to capture a 60-52 victory.
Jenny Snyder led the Blazers in scoring with 10 points.
The boys of Boone followed the Lady Blazers’ defeat, determined to stop a South sweep.
The Blazers scored 24 first quarter points and took a double-digit lead after the first eight minutes of the contest. Boone pushed the first quarter advantage to 23 points by the half.
Despite the huge advantage, South rallied in the second half, cutting the huge deficit to a more manageable 13 points by the end of the third quarter.
The South rally continued in the fourth, with the Rebels gaining a three-point lead with less than a minute to play.
Boone’s Dillon Reppart connected from long range to tie the contest and send it to overtime.
Once in overtime, scoring slowed for both teams, but South eventually took control with a three-point lead.
Boone had chances to tie in the final seconds, but to no avail as South held on to win 69-66.
Leading the way for the Blazers was Ryan Gaitor and Jake Littleton. Gaitor finished with 16 points; Littleton added 15.
The Lady Blazers followed up their tough loss to South by taking part in the Borderline Classic at Virginia High. Boone opened play at the Classic on Dec. 5 against Tazewell.
In another contest that came down to the wire, the Lady Blazers trailed by one in the final seconds.
This time it was Boone’s turn to snatch a win away from an opponent, as Taylor Carmichael connected on a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Boone a 46-44 victory.
Boone was hammered later at the Classic by Virginia Wise-Central, 75-39.
Both Blazer teams returned to Gray on Dec. 7 for contests against Dobyns-Bennett.
The D-B Lady Indians opened the evening by defeating the Lady Blazers, 74-49. The Boone boys were also handed a loss, with the Indians controlling the Blazers 75-41.
Littleton led the Boone boys with 14 points and Snyder’s 14 led the Lady Blazers.
In the final contest of the week, the Lady Blazers returned to the Borderline Classic on Dec. 8, ending the week by outlasting Virginia High 49-43.