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Almost isn’t enough for Lady Pioneers

The week looked like it would start off on a great note for the Lady Pioneers, but a tough fourth quarter against Science Hill didn’t allow David Crockett to hold on to a win.
The Lady Pioneers (4-17) were outscored 16-8 by the Lady Toppers who won the final period to walk away with the 55-48 win.
Lily Ayers led all scorers with 18 points, while Brooke Ervin scored 15 for Crockett.
“I felt like we competed harder than we have competed in the last few games,” David Crockett coach Marty Story said. “We have to find a way to put together four quarters; I think we played three-and-a-half (against Science Hill).”
Crockett followed up that contest with a loss to a 14-1 Erwin (NC) team, in which Story mentioned that his girls didn’t play their best.
“We just didn’t play with the same attitude that we had against Science Hill,” Story said. “We have to continue to play confident and turnover free or cut down on the turnovers and then we have to get better play out of our bench, because when it’s time to rest the starters, I haven’t been getting that same type of productivity.”
Now all sights will turn to this week, as the Lady Pioneers played at Volunteer last night and will close out the week hosting Dobyns-Bennett.
“I think that if we create a lot of pressure on their guards and handle their post players, I think that we can upset them,” Story said.
The Lady Indians, who hold a record of 13-7 and 5-0 in the Big Seven are in sole possession of first place.
— Crockett Senior Lily Ayers is just 54 points away from reaching 1,000 points for her career.

Good’s Week Gets Better
The week started with a personal victory for David Crockett (17-4) over Science Hill 62-56, which they followed up with a win Unicoi County 67-50.
But many fans may feel like the most important thing to come out of the week was Crockett senior Patrick Good’s decision to commit to Appalachian State, which he announced on Twitter on Wednesday.
The plan was for Good to make the announcement on Saturday, his 18th birthday, but he wasn’t able to hold onto his secret that long.
Now that it’s out of the way, he and his team can focus on basketball.
“I just want to finish out this year stong and then go on to continue my career at the highest level that I can and I feel like App State will be a great place for that,” Good said. “Instead of a bunch of coaches coming in the gym, now we can focus on our team and what we have to do to make it to the next step.
“I felt like making a decision now would help.”
The situation didn’t seem to bog Good down, as he delivered 22 points during the win against Science Hill and 26 points during the victory over Unicoi County.
Dustin Day contributed 19 points, while Josh Releford connected for 14 points, in a game that saw the Pioneers jump out to a 19-4 lead after the first quarter, only to take a 30-22 lead into halftime.
— The Tennessee Associated Press rankings were released for the week of Jan. 18 and David Crockett remains in fifth with a total of 77 votes. White County (17-0) sits just behind them with 76 votes. The top four are: 1. Blackman (18-0, 134 votes), 2. Memphis East (15-1, 130), 3. Germantown (19-1, 115) and 4. Station Camp (20-0, 100)