By ALLEN RAU
Daniel Boone girls won 59-35 while the boys dropped their game versus Gate City in Gate City last night 91-46.
The Boone girls leapt out to a 20-7 lead in the first period and held the Lady Blue Devils scoreless in the second period while pushing the lead to 30-7 at halftime. Gate City pulled back within 11 points with two minutes to go in the third by hitting a number of three pointers. Boone’s Macie Culbertson had a big steal and layup while teammate Bayleigh Carmichael nailed a three at the end of the third to push the lead to 39-25.
The Lady Blazers began the final period with a big defensive play by Sydney Pearce and kept up the defensive pressure throughout the period. Boone pulled away and won handily won the match up 59-36.
“Having big, tall, athletic girls helps,” Boone Head Coach Travis Mains said.
The boys team had a tall order against the Blue Devils with two ‘Blazer starters out with injuries. Leading scorer Chad Heglar did not return to the floor due to an injury until Friday night’s game and Gunnar Norris is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Missing two key components for Boone made trying to contain Gate City’s Mac McClung nearly impossible. McClung began the game by hitting 3 three-pointers from well beyond the arc. The Blazers, however, closed the first period with a 6-0 run to pull within five points at 19-14. Boone began the second with a big three-pointer cutting the lead, but Gate City took control and never looked back.
The Blue Devils used the three-pointer and solid defense to take a 51-28 halftime lead. The second half saw Gate City on the fast break and Boone struggle on offense.
The final score was 91-46 but things look better as Heglar will return Friday night from a stress fracture.
“Not much you can do,” Boone Head Coach Chris Brown said.