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Crockett boys, girls show promise, still lose to D-B

Opening conference play by hosting Dobyns-Bennett is never a favorable matchup for any team in the Big 8, especially the basketball teams at David Crockett High School.
Despite the success of the Pioneer boys’ team last season, the Indians were one of the few teams they could not beat, losing twice to the Tribe in the regular season.
For the Lady Pioneers, Dobyns-Bennett was a harsh reminder of just how far the program would have to come to compete with the conference’s best.
BOYS’ GAME
In the conference opener on Dec. 2 in Jonesborough, both Pioneer teams lost their respective games, but it was the way in which they lost that serves as an encouraging sign of things to come.
After a disappointing sixth place finish at the Hardees Classic last week, the Crockett boys entered the Dec. 2 contest in need of positive results to carry with them through the early part of the season.
Despite a 44-42 loss to Dobyns-Bennett, the Pioneers proved they can compete and maybe even beat some of the best teams in the conference.
After a 16-12 first quarter score, Crockett entered the second trailing by just four points but took advantage by opening with a 12-2 run spurred on by the cold shooting of Dobyns-Bennett.
But the Pioneers couldn’t stretch their lead an further, losing rebound after rebound on the defensive glass. The Indians rolled off two straight baskets to cut the Crockett lead to just two at intermission.
After the half, Crockett came out strong again, this time stretching their lead to eight midway through the quarter. But their lack of rebounds gave the Tribe too many second chance opportunities and Dobyns-Bennett once again roared back in the final minutes of the quarter, eventually trailing by just four points.
While the Pioneers had gained the early advantage in the previous two quarters, the fourth quarter would be all Dobyns-Bennett.
The Indians outscored Crockett 12-6 in the final stanza. Still, the Pioneers did have an opportunity for a win at the end.
After forcing to foul to keep Dobyns-Bennett from running out the clock, a missed Tribe foul shot gave the Pioneers a chance with under 30 seconds left, trailing by just two points.
After a timeout, Crockett set up a play with five seconds remaining in the game. Anthony Campbell took the inbound, but couldn’t get an open look and had to pass off. A desperate 3-pointer from the corner as time expired missed, giving the Indians the win.
The Pioneers were led offensively by Isaac Mango, who scored 11 points, and Austin Street, who added 10.
GIRLS’ GAME
For the Lady Pioneers in their match against the Lady Indians, one thing came to mind, what a difference a year makes.
While Crockett was on the losing end of a 60-42 contest, one thing was certain, these Pioneers won’t be the conference’s punching bag this season.
In Rebecca Munsey’s second year as head coach, the Pioneers look to be headed in the right direction.
Dobyns-Bennett built a 17-5 lead by the end of the first quarter, but as the game progressed, the Crockett defense began slowing the Lady Indians down, with the Lady Pioneers stringing together points of their own.
Despite trailing 32-14 at the half, Crockett exploded out of the gates in the third quarter, cutting the large lead to single digits at one point.
Although there wasn’t enough time left for the Lady Pioneers to win, midway through the fourth Crockett was still competing and giving the Lady Indians fits on both sides of the ball.