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Crockett takes down Boone for second time this season

The battle for Washington County returned to the hardwood on Jan. 29 as Daniel Boone met David Crockett in Jonesborough.
For the boys, this was the second meeting of the season. The team met earlier this season in the conclusion of the Hardee’s Classic where the Pioneers came out on top in a close and heated battle.
Round two ended much the same, with the underdog Pioneers narrowly escaping with a 54-48 victory over their county foe.
The Trailblazers (17-6, 8-3) entered Saturday night’s match sitting in second place in the conference after defeating Dobyns-Bennett in double overtime 76-65 on Jan. 25.
The Blazers followed up the big win over the Indians with a 64-50 defeat of Volunteer on Jan. 28, jumping out to a big lead at halftime while holding off a furious comeback attempt by their opponent in the second half.
The Pioneers (13-10, 4-5), who have struggled with consistency much of the season, began the week with a disappointing 51-30 loss against Tennessee High on Jan. 24, but returned to form on Jan. 28 against Sullivan South.
Crockett used a steadfast approach through all four quarters to expel the Rebels 65-52.
On Saturday, the Pioneers were ready for their county rival, firing out of the gate and overwhelming the Trailblazers with a 20-7 lead in the first quarter.
It was triggered by the quickness and long range shooting of Anthony Campbell and was capped off by a goal-shaking dunk by Crockett 7-footer Zack Garland, which brought the home crowd to its feet.
The Pioneers maintained a 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“I told our guys that if we could show that we had some heart and came to compete, our skills would take care of themselves,” Crockett Coach Richard Tarlton said of his team’s quick start.
The Pioneers’ first-quarter lead came at a price, however, as Garland picked up two quick fouls and was forced to sit out.
With Crockett’s big center out of the game, the Blazers were able to cut into the Pioneers first-quarter lead and become more affective on the defensive side of the ball.
Foul trouble continued to plague the Pioneers as the early hero, Campbell, picked up his third and joined Garland on the bench with three fouls of his own.
Campbell finished the night with 11 points and Garland five, but it was on defense where their greatest contributions were made.
And with two of Crockett’s best defenders out of the game, Boone cut a nine-point Crockett lead to just four at the half.
After an Austin Reppart runner cut the game to two points on Boone’s opening possession of the third quarter, Taylor Johnson followed a Crockett miss with a two point jumper to tie the contest at 25.
Crockett’s Joe Ganger and Boone’s Hayden Chandley matched three-pointers to keep the game tied, before Campbell exploded down court with an acrobatic layup to give the lead back to Crockett.
But the Pioneers wouldn’t hold the lead, as Garland picked up his fourth foul, opening the inside for Boone’s banger Kevin Connell.
With Crockett behind by four, Garland’s replacement, Kohl Tarlton, stepped up, scoring four straight to once again return the lead to Crockett.
Tarlton finished the contest with 10 points.
“Kohl has stepped up the last five or six games and has been a major factor for us,” Coach Tarlton said.
After a Sam Tarlton layup put Crockett up by two, Boone’s Reppart drilled a three to give Boone a 40-39 advantage heading to the final quarter.
The fourth opened with Kohl Tarlton and Connell exchanging baskets before Ganger hit another three to put the Pioneers up by two points.
Chandley tied the game at 44 with six minutes to play, but Crockett answered with two highly contested layups, one each by Sam Tarlton and Campbell.
Trailing by three points with just over a minute to play, Boone’s Taylor Johnson hit a long three-pointer to tie the game at 48.
Ganger was fouled on the following Crockett possession. He hit both free throws.
With 40 seconds remaining, the Blazers couldn’t get a good look and were forced to take a timeout with only 18 seconds left.
Boone’s Travis Keever, who is usually known for his smart play, drove the lane with time winding down, threw up an errant shot that missed and went out of bounds, giving Crockett the ball with under 10 seconds left to play.
Feeling the game slipping away, Keever argued he was fouled on the shot.
Instead, Keever earned a technical foul from the referees, closing out any chance Boone had at a comeback.
As Crockett stepped to the line to shoot its free throws to seal the game, the Boone and Crockett student sections began exchanging chants.
Crockett fans reminded the Blazers of the defeat earlier in the season while Boone rebutted, reminding Crockett of their loss to the Trailblazers in football.
Ganger sealed the deal at the line, hitting four straight free throws to give the Pioneers a 54-48 win.
Ganger led scoring for the Pioneers with 16 points.
Boone was led offensively by Chandley and Connell who finished with 15 and 16 respectively.
Following the contest, little doubt remained that the rivalry is still one of the conference’s best.
The teams are scheduled to meet for a third and final time this season on Feb. 8, this time on Boone’s home court.
“It would be nice to sweep them,” Coach Tarlton said. “They swept us last year and we would love to return the favor.”