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Crockett, Boone hit hardwood for county rivalry game

From STAFF REPORTS
The county’s two high schools went head to head in basketball action last week, with the Daniel Boone Trailblazers coming out on top.
David Crockett High School’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams traveled across the county to Gray last Tuesday where they both fell to the Trailblazers in closely played games.
In boys’ action, the game was decided by two points, with Boone winning 49-47.
The Trailblazers started out strong, with a 6-0 run, but Crockett came back to get the game within two points by the end of the first quarter, at which point the score stood at 12-10.
Going into half time, Crockett nearly had the lead, but Boone’s Travis Keever was able to hit a three pointer at the buzzer that tied the game at 24 at the half. Keever ended the game with 8 points.
Boone dominated the opening of the second half, going on a 18-9 run that helped the Trailblazers take a 38-33 lead at the end of the third quarter. Crockett responded with a 8-0 run of its own in the fourth that helped get the game within reach.
With just under 3 minutes to play, Crockett’s Ty Shipley stole the ball and scored to cut Boone’s lead to just one point. The score stood at 44-43 when Crockett’s Sam Tarlton scored another two to give the Pioneers the lead, 45-44.
Crockett junior Zach Garland hit two free throws to up the lead to 47-44 before Boone’s Kevin Connell made two free throws to bring the game within one yet again. Moments later, Boone freshman Ryan Gaiter hit one of his two free throws to tie the game at 47 with just under 35 seconds to go.
Garland was sent back to the free throw line, but missed both attempts. Boone’s Hayden Chandley didn’t make the same mistake at his end. With under 10 seconds remaining, Chandley made both of his free throws, tacking on the winning points for the Trailblazers, who held off the Pioneers for the remaining seconds.
Throughout the game, Crockett made only 9 of 17 free throws while Boone sunk 8 of their 12 opportunities from the line.
Chandley recorded 18 points for Boone in the win. Others scoring for the Trailblazers include Keever with 8 points, and Austin Reppart, Connell and Gaiter with 6 points apiece.
Crockett’s Shipley and Joe Ganger hit double digits in the scoring column in the loss. Shipley recorded 14 while Ganger earned 12. Others scoring for the Pioneers include Clinton Freeman with 9 points, Tarlton with 7 points and Garland with 5 points.
IN OTHER GAMES LAST WEEK
Later in the week, Crockett played Elizabethton in a game that had to be postponed earlier this month due to inclement weather.
In that game, the Pioneers again lost a close one, falling to the Cyclones 58-54. And on Friday, Crockett took on Science Hill in a conference match up. The Hilltoppers defeated Crockett 69-59 in teh Big Eight Conference game.
Also on Friday, Boone headed to Sullivan Central where the Trailblazers handily defeated Central, 69-49, helping to put them in fifth place in the Conference.