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Basketball season is one to remember

For the four varsity teams of David Crockett and Daniel Boone, the 2014 basketball season will not soon be forgotten.
The most notable storyline of the 2013-14 season centered on the changes atop the boys program at David Crockett and the hiring of a new head coach former longtime Science Hill assistant, John Good.
The move was not just a shakeup of the Crockett coaching staff, but was also reflected in the Pioneer roster, as Good brought with him a couple of Hilltopper players, including one of the conference’s young stars in his sophomore son, Patrick Good.
The father-and-son duo put the Pioneers on the conference radar and as the year progressed, it soon became evident that Patrick Good was not just Good — he was great.
While Good was a consistent 20- to 30-point scorer a game throughout the season, he saved his best for last, torching his former team in the consolation round of the district tournament for 44 points.
It was the Pioneers’ second win of the season over Science Hill, which at the time was their first over the Hilltoppers since the 1996-97 season.
Crockett’s performance in the district tournament would be more than enough for a region berth, but in their first game of the regional tournament, the Pioneers couldn’t do enough to get a win over Sevier County. They lost to the Smoky Bears 74-64, despite another 30-plus point performance by their young sophomore.
Even though they witnessed their season come to an end, Good and company undoubtedly put together a strong first effort, finishing with an overall record of 22-13, making them the team to beat next year.
Just as the Crockett season began with a new coach, Boone’s ended in the resignation of Ryan Arnold, following his ninth season with the Trailblazers.
While Boone’s biggest headline of the 2013-14 season came at the end with the resignation of their long-tenured coach, the Blazers year was defined by pushing past adversity.
The Blazers suffered a significant blow before the season ever began when sophomore guard Ryan Keever tore his ACL in the Musket Bowl.
While Keever was expected to complete a dynamic backcourt in joining senior guard Dillon Reppart, after the injury, Boone was Reppart’s team.
The senior would be the right fit to lead the Blazers, guiding the team to a fifth-place conference finish and a 16-15 overall record.
The Blazers were ousted in the first round of the district tournament by rival Crockett. The Pioneers captured all three season meetings over Boone.
As for the girls, the Lady Blazers and Lady Pioneers entered the season with moderate expectations behind their second-year head coaches, Travis Mains and Will Conley. Conley stepped into a massive rebuilding job at Crockett and in his second season, progress was made.
The high point of the Lady Pioneer season came on Dec. 3 in a win over Sullivan Central. The victory marked Crockett’s first conference win in almost four years. They followed that feat later in the season by winning their second conference game. Further, the Lady Pioneers, who in years past found themselves consistently on the opposite end of lopsided contests, competed in the majority of their games from start to finish and showed that they could no longer be ignored.
Crockett was eliminated in the first round of the district tournament by Dobyns-Bennett and finished the season 5-24.
The Lady Blazers took another step forward in Mains’ second season, developing an identity early on and sticking with it throughout the season with a relentless defense.
At times it seemed Boone would finish as a top-three team in the conference, but late season setbacks and an inconsistent offense hampered the Lady Blazers to a fourth-place finish. Yet, the postseason would show Boone’s true form as the Lady Blazers advanced out of the district and into the region by capturing a win over the tournament host Lady Vikings.
In the end, Boone finished the season with a 19-14 overall record and their consecutive region tournament appearance streak intact.