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Crockett boys put up two wins, girls post pair of losses

While much of the Big 8 Conference had a few days to rest and get their legs back under them following a slew of holiday tournaments, David Crockett High School’s girls’ and boys’ squads took to the court Jan. 2 at home against Chuckey-Doak.
The Lady Pioneers lost 60-38 while the boys won 65-56.
Later in the week, on Jan. 6, both Crockett teams faced off against Sullivan Central.
There, a similar split occurred, with the Crockett girls falling to the Lady Cougars and the Crockett boys earning another win for the season.
Entering Friday’s conference contest against Sullivan Central, the Lady Pioneers (4-13, 0-5) still stood winless in the Big 8 hoping the seventh place Lady Cougars could give way for the teams first conference win.
The win wouldn’t come as a terrible Pioneer first quarter allowed Central to build a substantial lead which they would hold for a 61-42 final.
Crockett, which has been undone in several contests this season by poor starts, once again struggled out of the gates to open the first quarter.
With eight minutes in the books, the Lady Pioneers trailed 19-4. The second quarter was much better for Crockett as the offense came alive to score 14 points in the quarter.
Despite the strong offensive output of the second, the Lady Pioneers went to intermission trailing by 17 points.
The Lady Cougars added to their lead in the third, pushing the deficit to 21 points with a quarter of play left.
The Lady Pioneers continued to fight in the final stanza, outscoring their opponent by two points, but never could produce a big enough run to pull within striking distance, losing their fifth conference game of the season while remaining in eighth place in the Big 8.
Crockett was led by junior Kelsey Persinger with 16 points. Crockett’s Heather Scalf chipped in 10. Both players combined for four baskets behind the arc.
After posting a win against Chuckey-Doak earlier in the week, the Pioneers kept from going winless at home with a tight 61-58 over conference opponent Sullivan Central.
With the win, the Pioneers (11-7, 3-2) rose a game above .500 in the conference and moved into fourth place overall in the Big 8.
The win over the Cougars saw the Pioneers give up a big lead before regaining it in the final minutes.
The Crockett boys, who have seen their fair share of poor starts, wouldn’t be denied in the early going of their contest against Central.
The Pioneers opened the first quarter with a lead that stood at four points after the first eight minutes of play. At the end of the first two quarters, Crockett had pushed it to a 30-24 halftime lead.
An up tempo third pushed the Pioneer lead to nine with just a quarter left, but the best basketball was yet to be played.
After pushing the lead to 11 points early in the final stanza, Crockett started to falter.
The Cougars clawed their way back into contention, cutting the lead to just four points with less than five minutes to play on back-to-back 3-pointers.
The sharpshooters of Sullivan Central combined on the night for 10 total 3-pointers. They seized control of the contest, grabbing the advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
But Crockett, led by Joe Ganger who finished with a game high 19 points, wouldn’t let this one slip away.
The Pioneers regained the lead in the final minute of the contest and turned in another clutch performance at the charity stripe after Central was forced to foul to extend the game.
The Cougars did have a chance to tie in the final seconds, trailing by just three points, but couldn’t knock down their 11th three of the night.
Along with Ganger’s game high in points, three more senior Pioneers reached double-figures. Kohl Tarlton finished with 14 points, Anthony Campbell added 13 and Austin Street chipped in for 10.
Both Crockett squads enter one of the more important weeks of their schedule as they hit the road for two conference away games this week.
The first will be played Tuesday, Dec. 10, against rival Daniel Boone. They finish the week with a big matchup at Science Hill on Jan. 13.
The meeting with Boone will mark the first meeting for the girls this season and the second meeting with the Blazers for the boys.