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Boone boys drop two more, remain winless in Big 8

nto the season, the young Trailblazers of Daniel Boone are in the midst of a losing streak, the first they have experienced in a long time.
Having lost a bulk of players from a team that advanced to the regional tournament last season, wins have eluded the young squad.
After opening their season with two wins, the Blazers began their skid of losses in the Hardees Classic where they fell three times. After a loss to Tennessee High in their conference opener on Nov. 29, the defeats kept coming at the Three Rivers Shootout.
With two conference games on the schedule last week, the Blazers hoped a turnaround was in order. As the final seconds ticked off the clock on Friday, however, the Blazers were once again without a win, stretching the losing streak to eight games.
Boone at South
When Boone (2-8, 0-3) met Sullivan South (4-4,1-1) on Dec. 6 it was déjà vu of the worst kind for the Blazers following a 40-37 loss.
The contest was reminiscent of a tournament game a few weeks earlier where South captured a last minute overtime win against Boone after the Blazers struggled at the line in the final minutes of regulation.
In both contests, the Blazers held a four-point halftime advantage, but poor free throw shooting was the difference in each.
On Friday, Boone opened the first half much as they have all season, keeping the game close and maintaining a small lead.
While both teams struggled to shoot the ball efficiently for the majority of the game, Boone was able to come away with a 22-18 halftime advantage.
As the third got underway, scoring struggles continued. South seized the momentum as the quarter came to a close.
Back-to-back baskets helped the Rebels trim the two-possession lead to just one point with eight minutes remaining.
Another set of back-to-back baskets gave South a 36-33 lead midway through the fourth.
After a Boone basket cut the Rebel lead to just a point, Jacob Littleton came up big on the defensive side of the ball with a takeaway which he converted for another Blazer basket.
With a 37-36 lead, Boone couldn’t hold on as South put up two more scores to go ahead by three. The Blazers had a final chance to tie at the buzzer, but the three-point attempt missed, as Boone dropped their second conference game.
The Blazers missed on 10 of 12 free throw attempts in the contest. Pacing the Blazers in scoring was Littleton, who finished with 17 points.
Turnovers doom Boone against D-B
With the Blazers still searching for their first conference win of the season, the odds of that happening were already stacked against the home team in their Dec. 9 matchup against Dobyns-Bennett.
Forced to play without their only returning starter — junior guard Ryan Gaitor — due to an injury, the Blazers would need one of their most solid performances of the season to pull out a win.
That didn’t happen as Boone struggled with turnovers, amassing over 20 in the 50-37 loss.
While turnovers crippled Boone’s scoring potential, the Blazers strung together one of their best defensive efforts of the season.
D-B (5-2, 3-0), who sits atop the Big 8, has shown early signs of being one of the top teams in the conference and has boasted an efficient and potent offense.
But in front of a home crowd, the Blazers contained the Tribe on offense, keeping the game close early on.
At the half, Boone was still in the game, trailing by just three points despite only scoring 19 total points in the first two quarters.
With the turnovers amassing in the second half, D-B took control, stretching the one possession lead to double digits midway through the third quarter.
Trailing by 10 entering the fourth, the Blazers couldn’t string together an offensive run to overcome the deficit.
Dillon Reppart, filling in at point guard for Gaitor, scored a game high 15 points.
The Blazers face Volunteer in a conference match at home on Dec. 13.