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Blazer basketball: Both win homecoming; ladies lose to Vikings

Despite an up and down season for both the Blazers and Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone, the two teams came together for respective homecoming wins on Jan. 27 against Sullivan Central.
In the girls’ contest, the Lady Blazers jumped out to a 38-10 halftime advantage and never looked back, beating the Lady Cougars, 59-37.
Central’s offensive struggles coupled with Boone’s offensive prowess spelled major problems for the Cougars early who found themselves in a big hole heading to the second half, and they couldn’t recover.
Central was able to outscore Boone in the second half, 27-21, but the first-half margin was too big for the Lady Cougars to overcome.
Boone had a trio of scorers reach double-figures in the contest with freshmen Sydney Pearce and Taylor Carmichael each finishing with 12 points and Courtney Vasquez adding 11 in the win.
The Lady Blazers returned to play on Jan. 30 against Tennessee High and despite having little trouble on offense a few days prior, the Lady Vikings made it tough on Boone to get close baskets and the Lady Blazers fell, 54-41.
Boone remains in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference with Volunteer and David Crockett. All three share a 5-6 mark. They remain 12-15 overall with only a week left of the regular season.
The Boone boys notched just their second conference victory of the season with a 55-43 homecoming win over Sullivan Central on Jan. 27.
The Blazers were forced to come from behind after falling down 15-10 after the first eight minutes.
But the Boone defense would play their best stanza of the season in the second quarter, holding the Cougars scoreless throughout and taking a 25-17 advantage to the half.
After a back-and-forth third quarter, the teams went to the final quarter with Boone maintaining a 38-31 lead.
The Blazers wouldn’t let up in the fourth, outscoring the Cougars 17-12 over the final eight minutes to capture the 55-43 win.
Ryan Keever led the Blazer offense by scoring 11 points and finished as the only Boone scorer to tally double-digits. Nine Blazers recorded points in the contest.
Boone followed the win with another home contest on Jan. 30 against Tennessee High. Despite another all-around strong defensive performance, the Blazers fell to the Vikings 54-41.
With a week left in the regular season, Boone holds the sixth spot in the Big 7 with a conference mark of 2-9. They remain 8-19 overall.