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Crockett boys garner two wins in New Year

With both the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School in need of a turnaround following the holidays, the boys of Crockett squeaked out two wins against Sullivan Central and University High to move to 7-10 on the season. But the Lady Pioneers weren’t as fortunate, dropping both contests to sink to 1-15 on the season.
Lady Pioneers competitive despite losing streak
The Lady Pioneers wrapped up the Johnson City Honda Invitational on Dec. 29 at Daniel Boone High School.
Despite a strong performance by Heather Scalf, who finished with 17 points, the Lady Pioneers dropped their final game of the tournament to Greenback, 61-58.
The score was knotted up at 58-58 before a Greenback three-pointer beat the buzzer.
Crockett welcomed 2013 with a weekend double-header, a Jan. 4 contest against Sullivan Central and a Jan. 5 game against University High.
After falling 50-31 to Central in Blountville, the Pioneers returned home to take on the Junior Bucs.
Despite a sluggish first half where the Lady Pioneers fell behind 28-15, Crockett opened the third quarter much improved.
The comeback continued in the fourth, but the first half deficit proved too much to overcome, as the Lady Pioneers fell 43-41.
Scalf once again led Crockett in scoring, finishing with 12 points. Kaylie Foster chipped in for nine.
Pioneer Boys’ Team
welcomes 2013 with wins
The Pioneers finished 2012 with a 5-10 overall record, but with the new year comes new opportunities.
And so far in 2013, the young Pioneers are perfect. Crockett opened their first two games of January with just as many wins, doing so in dramatic fashion.
On Jan. 4, the Pioneers hit the road against Sullivan Central, struggling through the first quarter.
With 8 minutes off of the clock, the woes of inexperience looked likely to continue as Crockett trailed 24-8.
But the Pioneers shook off the bad start over the next two quarters, outscoring their opponent 46-26 in the second and third to capture a small advantage with only the fourth quarter remaining.
Refusing to allow the Pioneers an easy win, Central fought back in the fourth, eventually taking a lead with just seconds remaining in the contest.
The small advantage wouldn’t be enough for Central as Crockett guard Josh Saults converted a last second shot to give the Pioneers a 65-64 win.
Saults finished with nine points in the contest. Isaac Mango led all scorers with 23 and Tyler Page added 14 in the win for the Pioneers.
Crockett returned home on Jan. 5 for a Saturday contest against University High.
The Pioneers used a 30-point second quarter to grab a 12-point halftime advantage and held on for a 79-74 victory despite a big second-half effort by the Junior Bucs.
Mango was once again stellar, matching his point total in the win over Central with 23 points. Noah Leonard added 13 points in the win.
The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers return to action on Jan. 8 at home against county rival Daniel Boone High School.