Boone's Maci Masters

Thursday, December 15, 2022. Unicoi #23 Grant Hensley Photo Credit : Earl Neikirk/Neikirk Image

The Daniel Boone girls improved to 12-4 on the season with a 55-30 win against South-Doyle on Friday in the Carter Christmas Classic.

Kyleigh Bacon had 14 points, four assists and three steals and Kylie Beach scored 10 points for Boone.

Lillie Walters (seven points, four steals, four rebounds), Andrea Flores (seven points, six steals) and Kaylee Cox (seven rebounds, three points) also were key factors in the victory. Cloey Wade scored a team-high 13 points for South-Doyle (1-13).

Boone opened the tournament with a 56-49 loss to Karns on Tuesday but bounced back for a 71-43 win against Pigeon Forge on Wednesday night.

“The ladies responded well,” first-year Boone coach Justin Humphries said. “I kind of challenged ‘em last night, ‘Hey, here’s a chance to look forward to conference when you have two games in a week. You can’t dwell on it. You’ve gotta bounce back.’”

Freshman wing Andrea Flores led four double-digits scorers with 19 points. Lillie Walters had 12 points and six assists for Boone. Bacon finished with 11 points and six rebounds for the ‘Blazers, who also got 11 points from Josie Jenkins.

Boone shot 11-for-23 from 3-point distance against Pigeon Forge.

“We attacked a whole lot better,” Humphries said. “We played more as a team. We shared the ball well ... and played with much-higher intensity. I think they had a bad taste in their mouths from last night, which was great to see.”

A holiday hangover might have been the culprit in the loss to Karns. Boone was 6 of 31 from bonus distance and was 10-for- 34 from inside the arc.

“I don’t feel like we were ready to play coming off the holiday,” Humphries said, “and that’s probably on me, not having more practices. But I tried to get the girls a little time off and it kind of came back and bit us a little bit.”

Bacon scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Flores had nine points and Kaylee Cox (seven rebounds, three assists, three points) was effective.

Boone will visit Gate City on Wednesday and open Big Five Conference play at Science Hill on Friday.

David Crockett freshman Brylee Tullock scored a career-high 32 points to help the Pioneers defeat Trinity Catholic (Fla.) 72-35 in their third and final game of the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational on Saturday.

Tullock (23.9 ppg), a 5-foot-7 wing, also snatched five steals.

Lacey Byrd scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pioneers (12-3).

Sophomore point guard Bella Ferguson (14 assists), junior forward Elizabeth Wheeley (10 rebounds) and 6-foot-2 fresh- man post Aaliyah Story (10 points) were also productive.

Crockett lost to Boca Raton (59-57) on Thursday and Seffner Christian (63-52) on Friday. The Pioneers were scheduled to host Sullivan East on Tuesday and will receive a visit from King’s Academy on Friday.

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