By TREY WILLIAMS
Daniel Boone senior Chad Heglar is arguably Northeast Tennessee’s most entertaining player.
On a rebuilding Trailblazers team, the long-armed, 6-foot-4 wing has a shooter’s conscience and a bright green light. Heglar leads the Trailblazers (1-2, 6-6) in scoring (21.9 ppg), rebounding (7.3), steals (1.9), blocked shots (1.6) and 3-pointers (23), and he has more blocked shots (19) than any three teammates’ combined total and more steals than any two teammates’ combined total.
Heglar’s length and deep shooting range make him an intriguing college prospect. He’s on Milligan College’s radar. If he can help make Boone’s rebuilding season a winning season, he’ll probably end up on a number of others.
The ‘Blazers are getting 9.2 points per game from Jared Adkins and 9.0 points per game from Marshall Golden, who is shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point range (22-51). The rest of Boone’s team is shooting 28.8 percent behind the arc.
Derek Percell leads the team in assists (3.3). Judah Hilton is averaging 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Boone coach Chris Brown said the ‘Blazers spent the holiday break “working on fundamentals and the things we need to do for this group to be successful. We have a relatively new group playing significant varsity minutes other than Chad, Derek and Marshall so I’m fairly pleased with the development of the group.”
Boone ended the pre-Christmas break with a 75-70 win against Sullivan East after relatively encouraging losses against Gate City (56-42) and at Science Hill (71-64).
“I scheduled some tough games in the early part of the year with the understanding that after the holidays we run through a gauntlet with six of seven games on the road against major competition,” Brown said. “We have D-B (Jan. 8), and then road games in succession at Volunteer, Morristown East, Tennessee High, Crockett, Gate City and Cherokee. We have been challenging them mentally and working on developing the toughness needed to go on the road and try and win these games. The guys have worked extremely hard and are looking forward to accepting that challenge.”
David Crockett (1-3, 4-11) lost 77-70 in a Big Seven Conference game at Tennessee High on Friday. Mack Hensley made seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points. Mason Britton (20) and Donta Hackler (11) also scored in double figures for the Pioneers, who will host Cherokee on Friday.
Daniel Boone’s girls basketball team completed a season sweep of a solid Sullivan Central team on Saturday with a 38-36 victory in Blountville.
Junior Jaycie Jenkins’ jump-shot with eight seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner.
Senior shooting guard Bayleigh Carmichel led Boone with 15 points and two of the Trailblazers’ three 3-pointers. Jenkins and Madi Runnels scored six points apiece for Daniel Boone (11-6).
“Central is a strong non-conference opponent for us, as we see them as the favorite to win their conference,” Boone first-year coach Beau Haldren said. “So completing a season sweep against them should give us some confidence and momentum as we move into the thick of our conference play.”
Sullivan Central post Abbey Crawford, a Wofford commit, led all scorers with 22 points.
Carmichel is leading Boone in scoring (15.1 ppg) thanks, in part, to 81 percent free throw shooting. Jenkins is averaging 13.8 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists per game. She’s shooting 71 percent at the foul line.
David Crockett’s girls improved to 2-1 in the Big Seven Conference with a 58-52 win at Tennessee High on Friday.
That came on the heels of the Pioneers winning two of three games in the Carolina Invitational at Cane Bay in Summerville, South Carolina.
Mackenzie Baldwin scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win at Tennessee High. Leading scorer Emma Gouge (12.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg) had 13 points and nine rebounds and freshman Emily Trivette score 11 points. Baldwin is averaging 8.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Matty McKee scored 17 points in the final game in South Carolina – a 51-32 win against Stratford. Gouge and Baldwin added 13 and 11, respectively.
“We are continuing to improve and learn as a team,” first-year coach Tony Gordon said. “I’ve never had a team compete and play as hard as these girls have. They are committed to being the group who changes this program. The biggest step will come when we can be consistent with our offensive execution.”