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Blazers split conference contests

After opening the week Jan. 24 in Kingsport against Dobyns-Bennett with a loss, the young Trailblazers (9-15, 4-7) bounced back Friday with a big win over Volunteer.
After matching the Tribe of D-B basket for basket in the first quarter, the Trailblazers were forced to play much of the second quarter without their go-to-guy Ryan Gaitor, who picked up two early fouls.
After the 14-14 first quarter tie, the Tribe outscored Boone 46-25 over the remaining three quarters to capture a 60-39 win. Gaitor was the only Blazer to reach double-figures in points, scoring 15 in the loss.
On Jan. 27 at Volunteer, the Blazers once again relied heavily on Gaitor in a low scoring affair against the Falcons.
Gaitor sounded off for 18 points in the 54-39 win.
The second quarter proved the decider in the match, as Boone turned a one-point deficit into a nine-point lead at the break. The Blazers would never trail again after the second quarter.
Boone will open at home against Science Hill on Jan. 31 before hosting Sullivan Central to close out the week.