By CHRIS SHIELDS
On Friday and Saturday night, David Crockett (4-5, 0-1) took part in the Roundball in the Palace Showcase at Science Hill High School.
The Pioneers were slated for two games, the first against Charlotte, Fla., high school and the second against Morristown East.
Crockett fell in both games.
The showcase is the Pioneers third big event of the short season. Participating in tournaments and events should help Crockett down the road in the playoffs.
Science Hill was the fourth team in the event.
On Dec. 10, the Pioneers played Charlotte in the first game of the evening.
Although keeping the game within reach until the fourth quarter, Crocketts inability to shoot the ball effectively outside and open the paint for Zach Garland ultimately added up to a 64-46 defeat.
Crockett trailed by only 10 points with a quarter to go, but its opponent took advantage in the fourth, running away with the contest.
Crocketts struggles behind the arc werent equaled by Charlotte who received 24 points through three-point shots.
Garland was effective offensively, leading the Pioneers with 12 points, but didnt get enough shot attempts to spark his team. Ty Shipley added 10 in the loss.
The next night, Crockett wrapped up the weekend event with another team outside the conference, Morristown East.
In their second game, the Pioneers shooting woes continued as East used a big third quarter to grab a 9-point lead and hold Crockett off in the final quarter to win 51-39.
The Pioneers only trailed by 3 points at the half, but mistakes and poor shooting in the third kept Crockett at bay.
Garland was once again dominant, leading all scorers with 15 points.
Science Hill was the only team to win both games at the Showcase, defeating Morristown East and Charlotte.
Crockett is scheduled to play at Sullivan South tonight.
In girls action, the Lady Pioneers took on Happy Valley on Dec. 9, falling 46-35.
Happy Valley jumped out to a 15-3 lead by the end of the first quarter and despite a nice run by Crockett in the second quarter, the Pioneers went into the half losing by a score of 27-18.
Both teams played it tight in the third quarter, with Crockett outscoring its opponent by a point to put the game at 34-26.
The Pioneers couldnt maintain the momentum though, and Happy Valley went on to outscore Crockett 12-9 in the fourth to win the game.
Crocketts Keri Blevins led the Lady Pioneers, putting up 10 points. Kelsey Persinger recorded 7 points while Sara Shipley had 6.
Both the girls and boys games scheduled for Dec. 7 against Volunteer were postponed due to winter weather.
The Lady Pioneers are scheduled to play at Sullivan South tonight.
By CHRIS SHIELDS