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Boone and Crockett Senior Athletes Shine

By: Trey Williams

Not only did David Crockett second-year girls basketball coach Thomas Gouge not expect to win the Big Five Conference this season, he wasn’t overwhelmingly convinced the Pioneers would win a game.

Crockett graduated nearly 90 percent of its productivity last season. But freshman floor general Bella Ferguson has played like an upperclassman and Crockett won the District 1-AAAA tournament’s No. 1 seed after going 5-3 and winning the three-way head-to-head tiebreaker with Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill.

Crockett (23-5) also recorded the 52-year-old program’s first 20-win season – clinching it with a win against rival Daniel Boone.

“I never would have imagined it, man,” Gouge said. “We were hoping to have a 14- or 15-win season. They’ve shocked me all year. But one thing about it, we’ve got a point guard and we’ve got a ‘big’ in (senior post) Kadence Fannon. And we can kind of piece around ‘em. Bella’s something else for a 5-2 freshman.”

Gouge is quick to say that his 0-8 fears in the league weren’t incredibly farfetched, at least according to their margins of victory.

“We were 5-3 in the conference,” he said, “and we beat West Ridge in triple overtime, we beat D-B by two, beat Boone by one, beat Science Hill by four and beat D-B again by four. A win or two would’ve been great, but winning the Big Five (Conference), that’s wild. I never would’ve dreamed it.”

Crockett will host West Ridge (19-11) in the district semifinals on Wednesday. West Ridge ended the season for Daniel Boone (10-12) with a 57-41 victory in the play-in game on Monday at Bobby Snyder Gym.

Sophomore Kyleigh Bacon led the Trailblazers with 16 points. Lillie Walters added eight.

Boone did wrap up the regular season Friday with a win against Tennessee High on Senior Night. Sophomore Josie Jenkins hit four 3-pointers en route to a team-high 14 points.

The Trailblazers’ only seniors were Camryn Sarvis and Savannah Jessee, a pair of Division I softball signees.

“They’ll be successful (in life),” Boone fourth-year coach Beau Hauldren said. “They’re high-character kids. They’ve stuck it out with me four years and they’ve been very unselfish this season.

“Savannah started as a sophomore in that substate (sectional) game. Camryn started on and off last year. They’ve handled it (not starting) with high character, there’s no doubt about that. They’re ‘team’ over ‘me.’”

Jessee scored 12 points, including eight of Boone’s first 16 points against the Vikings. Sarvis’ steal and ensuing three-point play in transition made it 19-4.

“It was great being able to play with her these past four years,” Sarvis said. “These coaches have been amazing and taught me so much. Just being able to finish it out and never giving up is great.”

The feeling was mutual for Jessee.

“Me and Camryn have been playing softball together since we were eight or nine years old,” Jessee said. “We started playing travel ball together. I think it’s awesome we’ve been able to play together all four years, especially both sports that we really like. She’s one of my best friends. It’s been amazing to play with her the past four years.”

The Daniel Boone boys also celebrated Senior Night with a win against Tennessee High. Sophomore Brayden Blankenship made four of Boone’s eight 3-pointers and scored a team-high 16 points in the Trailblazers’ 56-37 triumph.

Creed Musick (11 points) made two 3-pointers and Luke Jenkins and senior Landon Carrico added eight and seven points, respectively.

Boone’s other seniors are Isaac Williams and Will Hamlin.

“I love these seniors,” Boone coach Chris Brown said. “You’ve got a guy like Will who didn’t play last year because of a football situation. And then he comes back out and plays. Isaac Williams came in from Dobyns-Bennett and he’s been great in terms of leadership and just waiting his turn. And Carrico’s been with us all four years.

“It’s a great group of seniors. They buy in. They’re fun to coach. I was glad they got the opportunity to go out there and end it tonight on a win.”

The ‘Blazers (10-16) will visit Science Hill (27-4) in the district semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Both teams will advance to the Region 1-AAAA tournament.

David Crockett was scheduled to play at West Ridge in the district play-in game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner will clinch a regional berth and take on top-seeded Dobyns-Bennett in the semifinals.

Crockett dropped an 82-48 decision at Dobyns-Bennett on Feb. 8.

The Pioneers concluded the regular season with a 65-50 win at Pigeon Forge on Thursday.

 

Pictured: #42 Emily Trivette and #34 Kaylee Cox