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Crockett boys, Boone girls earn rivalry sweeps

On Feb. 8, the Pioneers of David Crockett and Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone both pulled out the brooms to sweep their Washington County rivals.
While the sweep for the Lady Blazers came easy with a 62-33 win, the boys of Crockett pulled off their victory in the final seconds against Boone, winning 47-46.
The contest marked the third win of the season for the Pioneers over their rival.
“It feels great to sweep them, they have had the upper hand on us the past couple of years and we were pleased to return the favor,” said Richard Tarlton, Crockett coach.
After falling behind by two baskets in the first minute, the Pioneers responded taking a 9-point lead midway through the first quarter. The Blazers cut the deficit in the second, eventually taking the lead at 24-23. By halftime, Crockett had regained the lead, pushing it to 5 points at intermission.
The Pioneers jumped out of the gate in the third quarter to grab an 11-point advantage. Boone’s Kevin Connell responded with 6 points down the stretch, cutting the Crockett lead to 5 points by quarter’s end.
Boone’s Travis Keever opened the fourth with a quick three followed by another basket to tie the game at 41.
Khol Tarlton got a quick basket with less than 3 minutes left, but Boone’s Hayden Chandley responded with 2 points of his own to tie the game at 43.
Following a Ty Shipley basket to give Crockett the lead, Chandley drilled a three to give Boone a 1-point advantage with 1:50 remaining.
Crockett senior Zach Garland came up big a few plays later by gathering a loose ball and hitting Shipley who finished with an easy layup to put the Pioneers up 47-46 with 30 seconds left.
Boone got one last chance with 3 seconds left as the Blazers got the ball at midcourt.Keever raced to the baseline, but his shot hit off the backboard at the horn.
Garland led Crockett with 15 points and Joe Ganger added 10. Boone was led offensively by Keever who finished with 14 points. Chandley and Connell both added 11 in the loss.
Preceding the back-and-fourth battle in the boys’ game, the Boone girls took to the court for senior night.
Two Lady Blazers exited Bobby Snyder Gymnasium for the last time with outstanding performances. Senior Lauren King finished with 18 points and Courtney Baskett added 11, including 3 three-pointers.
Boone opened with a high pressure defense and controlled the interior for the entire contest, creating turnovers and refusing to give the Lady Pioneers many second opportunities around the goal.
The Lady Blazers jumped out to a 13-4 first quarter lead, which they continued to add to, taking a 35-17 lead to the half.
Crockett put together a strong defensive performance in the third quarter but the Lady Pioneers couldn’t find any offense.
Boone turned it on again in the fourth, to take the 62-33 win.
The rivalry wrapped up Boone’s regular season, as both Blazer squads will enter the district tournament this week.
Crockett finished conference play on Feb. 10 against Tennessee High with district seeding already established for the Pioneer teams. The Lady Pioneers fell to Tennessee High 56-30, losing their last chance at a conference win. The Crockett boys who will host the Vikings in the first round of the district tournament lost 69-58 in a lackluster effort in which they didn’t press their starters in preparation for the tournament.