By TREY WILLIAMS
The Daniel Boone boys basket- ball team got 19 points from Creed Musick in a 51-48 win against West Ridge in the District 1-AAA consolation game Saturday night at Snyder Gym.
The victory allowed Boone (11- 18) to avoid a powerful Morristown East in the opening round of the region on Saturday. The Trailblazers will visit Sevier County on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Boone bounced back from a lop- sided loss at Science Hill to defeat the Wolves for the second time
in four meetings this season. The ‘Blazers’ pressure defense helped generate 22 turnovers.
Boone coach Chris Brown decided in late January that his young team was better playing fast than in the half-court.
“I just thought our guys’ effort was phenomenal,” Brown said. “I thought our rotations were great, flying around. And we decided that our defense was gonna be our best offense. We struggle right now to understand some things in the game. And they flew around and I thought our defense created some offense for us.”
Boone rotated a number of bodies at 6-foot-8 junior Dawson Arnold, including physical football players Will Hamlin, Luke Scott and Henry Hamlin, and long, athletic senior Landon Carrico.
“They did a really great job just being physical with him down low in the paint,” Musick said.
Arnold, the grandson of ETSU Hall of Famer Harley “Skeeter” Swift, was held to eight points after scoring 26 points on 12-of-13 shoot- ing in a win that eliminated David Crockett on Tuesday.
“I thought Luke Scott and Will Hamlin did a great job,” Brown said. “You’ve gotta put bodies on him be- cause he’s big and strong and he can score in there. … Coming in we said we were gonna try to make Cooper work as much as possible, and then stay attached to their shooters. And, obviously, if we could limit Coo- per’s touches and Dawson’s touches I thought we had a decent chance.”
Boone also got 12 points from Brayden Blankenship and seven from fellow sophomore Luke Jen- kins.
The Trailblazers were energized despite a frustrating showing on Thursday at Science Hill.
“Definitely, we wanted a bounce- back game,” Musick said. “Of course, we really wanted to beat Science Hill and be in a championship game, but that’s not how it turned out. But we got another home game, which was something we were excited about.
“We’d played West Ridge three times this season and they’d won twice. We knew we needed to come out and play with that energy and play with that fire. And if we did that – and just play with effort – we were gonna get the job done.”
Jackson Dean and Wade Witcher scored nine points apiece for the Wolves.
The David Crockett girls will host a regional quarterfinal on Friday thanks to a district semifinal win against West Ridge on Wednesday.
Crockett lost 46-38 to Science Hill in the championship game on Friday at Crockett.
It was the fourth straight district title for Science Hill, which got 21 points from Amaya Redd.
The Pioneers, who were never closer than eight points in the final 11:29, were led by senior post Kadence Fannon’s 14 points.
Second-year coach Thomas Gouge’s Pioneers (24-6) will try to build on its school-record wins total when it hosts Morristown West on Friday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
“He (Gouge) is doing a great job down here,” Science Hill coach Scottie Whaley said. “He’s got the program going in the right direction. … We kind of felt like we let one get away down here (at Crockett during the regular season). Credit to our kids for coming back from an 0-2 start in the conference.”
Fannon scored 14 points in the win against West Ridge. Emily Trivette added 13 and freshman point guard Bella Ferguson scored eight of her 10 on 8-of-10 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve had seven, eight, 10 games this year where we’ve been down going into the fourth,” Gouge said. “We were down six (against West Ridge). … These girls fight and fight and fight. They fight till the end. I’m proud of how they never give up.”