Boone sees stiff competition in Roundball
By Christopher ShieldsThe Blazers and Lady Blazers joined fellow Big 7 member Science Hill in Johnson City this weekend for Roundball in the Palace. The event brought Webb and Christian Academy of Knoxville to the Tri-Cities, giving the Blazers an opportunity to play against Knoxville area competition.
Jenkins leads Lady Blazers to improbable win over CAK
The Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone (8-5, 2-1) entered their final game at the Roundball in the Palace, winless in their previous two games and hoping to reestablish themselves as one of the Big 7’s best teams.
The Lady Blazers began the week on Dec. 9 with a 67-54 loss to Morristown West and opened play in the Roundball at the Palace on Dec. 13 with a 59-44 loss to Webb.
Entering the final contest of the four team round-robin on Dec. 14, Boone needed a win to salvage their toughest week of the young season, but the task would be tall against a formidable CAK team.
Eight minutes into the contest and trailing 25-8, a win for the Lady Blazers would be even tougher to come by. Boone would turn to a sophomore to lead them back. Jaclyn Jenkins put together the best game of her career, finishing with 31 points to lead the Lady Blazers to an improbable 59-58 win.
The CAK lead ballooned to its biggest point at 36-15 with three minutes remaining in the second quarter, before Boone began a furious comeback.
Over the final minutes of the second quarter, the Blazers outscored CAK, cutting the deficit to 12 points by the half.
Boone continued chipping away at the lead in the third, finally bringing it to single-digits by quarter’s end, but still trailed 46-39.
The Lady Blazers saved the best for last, playing their best basketball of the game in the final quarter.
With under a minute remaining, Boone tied the contest at 55, but CAK wouldn’t go quietly, fighting back to take a three-point lead with just under 30 seconds remaining.
Allison Littleton hit a layup to cut the contest to one point, before picking up a steal with just three seconds left in the contest. The senior guard then found Autumn Bradshaw on a pass who beat the buzzer to give Boone a 59-58 win. The final score was the team’s first lead of the contest.
While Littleton and Bradshaw were the heroes of the contest, the win would not have been possible without the gigantic performance from Jenkins. She was the only Blazer to score in double-figures.
Boone now has their longest layoff of the season and will not play again until Dec. 19 to open the Holliday Hoops tournament at Tennessee High.
Blazers struggle in Roundball at the Palace
Following one of their best offensive performances of the season on Dec. 9 in an 83-82 victory over Morristown West, the Blazer offense went cold in the contests at Science Hill in the Roundball at the Palace.
Boone opened the event with a 65-50 loss to Knoxville Webb on Dec. 13 and fell a day later to CAK 60-43.
Despite a close first half, the third quarter proved to be Boone’s undoing against CAK as they were outscored 21-10.
Boone trailed just 29-24 at the half and despite getting 23 points from Dillon Reppart, the Blazers could never get their offense on track in the second half.
They were outscored 31-19 over the final two quarters.
Boone players (7-6, 1-2) now must hope to find their offense as they prepare to host the Trailblazer Classic. The tournament will take place at Daniel Boone from Dec. 17-20.