Boone ends Crockett’s season, Trailblazers continue on
By Christopher ShieldsThe District 1-AAA tournament commenced last week at Daniel Boone High School and while two Washington County teams secured berths into the region tournament, the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School were met with opening round losses.
The losses ended their 2012-13 basketball season.
After winning to open the tournament, the Blazers and Lady Blazers season continues as preparation for the region begins.
As has been the case so many times, when the Pioneers and Blazers meet the record books can be tossed out, as the contest’s outcome is almost always decided in the waning minutes.
When the six-seed Pioneers and three-seed Blazers met on Feb. 14 in the opening round of the district tournament, the mold was broken, as Boone put the game away before halftime.
The hosting Blazers opened the elimination contest by outscoring Crockett 22-7 in the first quarter.
With Crockett in desperate need to cut into the Boone lead in the second, the Blazers responded by pushing their lead to 45-10 by halftime.
Crockett played in the contest without a single senior, losing their top scorer in senior Isaac Mango and starting senior point guard Josh Saults, who were no longer with the team following the conclusion of the regular season. According to Crockett Principal Andy Hare, both Mango and Saults quit the team prior to the tournament game.
Their absence was certainly felt by the Pioneers, who struggled greatly on offense.
Their second quarter offensive output of three points was a season low for the team.
Boone kept the pressure on the Pioneers in the second half, stretching their lead to more than 40 after three quarters.
While Crockett finished the contest by outscoring the Blazers in the final quarter, when the final seconds ticked off, there was no need for last minute heroics as Boone won 68-32.
Tyler Page stepped up and led Crockett with nine points.
Boone was guided by Ryan Gaitor, who completed a double-double, finishing with 16 points and 11 assists.
Jake Littleton added 14 in the win.
The loss ended Crockett’s season with a record of 9-20. The Blazers advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.
The Lady Pioneers saw their season come to an end a few days earlier in a 105-30 loss to Science Hill on Feb. 11. They finished their season with just a single win on the year.
prolong season with district WIN
For the Lady Blazers, the objective was simple: win and advance. A loss meant their season was over.
Boone opened district tournament play on Feb. 11 as the fifth seed, intent on upsetting the fourth seed, Sullivan South.
The Lady Blazers scored the contests first seven points and used the early advantage to guide themselves to a 64-52 victory.
Boone took an 18-11 first quarter lead and added to it in the second, to head into the half in front 31-17.
Jenny Snyder paced Boone by scoring 16 points in the game. The offensive output helped the Blazer senior reach a career milestone of 1,000 points.
South frequently put together runs in the second half to keep the outcome in doubt and the Lady Blazers allowed the Lady Rebels to hang around by shooting less than 50 percent at the free throw line.
Despite cutting the lead into single digits by the end of the third quarter, South couldn’t get any closer as Boone put away the fourth seed in the final quarter by outscoring them 18-15.
Ali Littleton scored 16 points in the game.
The opening round wins for both Boone squads secured region berths. While the Blazers moved to the semifinals to play Dobyns-Bennett, the win for the Lady Blazers set up a tough semifinals match against top seed Science Hill.
The Boone boys fell to Dobyns-Bennett, 67-60 on Feb. 16 and the Lady Blazers lost to Science Hill a day earlier, 75-40.
The semifinal losses pushed both Boone teams to consolation contests which were set to tipoff on Feb. 18.
The Lady Blazers were scheduled to take on six-seed Volunteer and the Blazers were facing off against Sullivan South.
Win or lose, both teams were already guaranteed spots in the region tournament, which is set to begin later this week.