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Crockett boys, girls face off against D-B

The David Crockett High School Pioneers opened conference play on the road Nov. 30 against Dobyns-Bennett.
The Indians proved a less than desirable conference opener for both Pioneer squads, sending the teams back to Jonesborough with big losses.
Young Pioneers struggle against athletic Indians
After losing almost every key member to graduation last season, the Pioneers saw firsthand how much they will need to improve, and quickly, after falling to D-B 75-44. The Pioneers only lead of the contest came with the opening basket of the game.
The 2-0 lead quickly evaporated, and Crockett fell behind 22-6 after the first quarter of play.
Despite finding their offense in the second stanza, the Pioneers had few answers on defense, as D-B utilized their athleticism and team quickness to push their lead to 44-23 at the half.
Despite only having two players score in double-figures, D-B utilized their depth in the second half. In all, 11 Indians scored in the contest.
The deficit grew in the second half, reaching 30 points in the fourth quarter.
Crockett’s Isaac Mango was the only Pioneer to reach double-figures, finishing with 15. Noah Leonard chipped in eight, and freshman Dustin Day scored seven.
The Pioneers opened the week with a win over West Greene on Nov. 26.
Tyler Page and Josh Saults led the Pioneers, scoring 14 and 13 points respectively.
Preceding the contest at Dobyns-Bennett, the Pioneers fell 61-60 to Chuckey-Doak.
Despite losses, Lady
Pioneers improveD
The Lady Pioneers are showing improvement in their first season under new coach Will Conley.
Despite losing to D-B 67-35 on Friday night, the score and competitiveness show a team on the way to better things.
D-B built a 15-point first quarter lead and never looked back.
Crockett was led in scoring by Sara Shipley with 11 and Madison Grindstaff who finished with 10.
The Lady Pioneers opened last week with a win over West Greene on Nov. 26. They fell to Chuckey-Doak the following night, 68-55 despite a big game from Heather Scalf, who scored 20 points.
The Pioneers continue conference play this week, hosting Big 8 foes Volunteer and Tennessee High.