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Boone’s Trailblazer Classic part of the holidays

With preparation for the holidays in full swing, it can only mean one thing for high school hoops — tournament season has arrived.
Daniel Boone High School is one of the busiest venues of the season, hosting back-to-back tournaments in consecutive weeks, one before Christmas and one after.
The Boone boys opened play last week as the Trailblazer Classic renewed for another year with 52 teams assembling at Daniel Boone High School for the near week-long event.
While Boone made up just one of four high school teams, the focal point of the tournament was once again on middle school athletes as 48 boy and girl middle school teams participated at the event.
While many local middle school teams took part in the Classic, which serves as one of the largest middle school basketball tournaments in the area, the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone also took to the hardwood.
Blazers split games at Classic
The Blazers played a two-game set at the Classic, a last opportunity to try to elevate their play heading into Christmas break.
While Boone was joined at the event by another Big 7 school, Volunteer, both of their contests came outside of the conference.
They opened play on Dec. 17 with a 69-47 loss to Elizabethton and finished on Dec. 20 against North Greene with a 66-54 win.
Against the Cyclones, the Blazers just could not find an answer for Elizabethton’s scoring duo of Tyler Nichols and Zeke Clark.
The pair combined for 46 points, setting both the game’s pace and outcome.
Boone’s season leading scorer Dillon Reppart once again led the Blazer offense in the loss, finishing with 21 points.
With the Blazers outmatched for the majority of the contest against the Cyclones, their final game of the week against North Greene allowed a shot for redemption at the Classic in hopes of boosting Blazer morale heading into the break.
The contest also offered a reunion of sorts for the Blazer coaching staff, who welcomed back former Boone assistant coach and current North Greene head coach Brandon Broyles.
The Blazers set the pace of the contest early in the opening quarter and after the first eight minutes held a 14-7 advantage.
North Greene would snap out of their offensive daze in the second quarter, cutting the Blazer lead to six at the half.
But similar to the way Boone opened the game, they jumped all over the Huskies in the third. Turning a 27-21 halftime lead into a 49-31 rout by the quarter’s end, they effectively put the contest out of reach with eight minutes still remaining on the clock.
Four Boone players hit double-figures in scoring, with Alex Percell and Holden Hensley leading the Blazers with 13 points each. Aaron Shelton and Jacob Keefauver added 10.
At 8-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference, the Blazers will now get a short break before traveling to Daytona, Fla., to take part in the Father Lopez tournament beginning Dec. 27 through Dec. 30.
Washington County rival David Crockett was absent from tournament action last week with both the boys and girls teams playing in just one game on Dec. 17 at home against Chuckey-Doak.
The Lady Pioneers took a 70-65 defeat, but the Crockett boys captured a 71-61 win.