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Boone splits weekly games with rivals

The Blazers and Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School returned to action last week following a previous week of cancellations and postponements.
Despite splitting the week’s two contests, both Boone teams continue to improve as they strengthen their postseason résumé.
TOUGH games end in similar fashion:
The Blazers (16-7,6-4) entered their Jan. 22 contest against Dobyns-Bennett having won 10 of their last 11 games.
In the first meeting, the Tribe downed the boys of Boone, 75-41.
In the second meeting between the two teams, the Blazers showed tremendous improvement, but the end result was once again the same, as D-B squeaked out a 60-54 win in Kingsport.
After the first two quarters of play, Boone went into the half only trailing by two points, 24-22.
It was the third quarter however, that would determine the outcome of the contest as D-B turned a two-point advantage to a nine-point lead by the end of the quarter.
Still, the Blazers continued to fight in the fourth quarter, nearly overtaking the Indians for a comeback win.
The advantage however, proved too great as Boone fell 60-54.
Jacob Littleton led Boone with 21 points and Ryan Gaitor chipped in for 12 in the loss.
In the girls’ contest, which preceded the boys’ game, a rough first quarter for the Lady Blazers proved the decider in the end.
The Lady Indians opened the contest with a 24-13 advantage after the first eight minutes.
Despite trailing by double digits, Boone fought back in the second quarter to trail by just five at the half.
Boone continued to fight in the remaining two quarters, but the strong effort wasn’t enough, as the Lady Indians escaped with a 68-64 win.
Boone was led in scoring by Taylor Carmichael who knocked down four three-pointers to pace her 13-point outing.
Allison Sheffey also finished with 13 in the contest.
Boone squads push past Volunteer
After weather postponed the Blazers Jan. 25 game against Volunteer, the teams returned a night later to makeup the contest.
Led by Dillon Reppart, who finished with 19 points, 15 of which came from behind the arc, the Blazers outpaced and outshot Volunteer.
With Gaitor blanketed by the Falcon defense, the remaining Boone shooters took over, namely Reppart.
The Blazers built a double-digit halftime advantage and never looked back cruising past Volunteer 64-46.
Along with Reppart, Littleton added 12 points and Gaitor finished with 10 in the win.
The outcome was similar for the Lady Blazers, who built a halftime advantage and then only added to it over the final two quarters to secure a big conference win over the Lady Falcons, 69-42.
Volunteer couldn’t find an answer for Boone’s Katelyn Cox and Jenny Snyder who finished with 17 and 13 points respectively.
Autumn Bradshaw also reached double-digits in scoring, finishing with 10 points.
The Blazers were scheduled to return to the hardwood on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Sullivan South.