By GARRETT TUMLIN
A big fourth quarter by South-Doyle provided Daniel Boone with their worst case in a win-or-go-home scenario on Friday night, as they fell 58-58 to the Lady Cherokees.
South-Doyle (20-11) outscored Daniel Boone 14-6 in the final quarter, led by Amy Browning with 16 points, half of those coming from the fourth quarter.
Sydney Pearce led Daniel Boone (24-8) with 19 points and Macie Culbertson added 17.
The loss ended an otherwise successful season for the Lady Blazers, who dropped their last two contests of the season.
“The kids played hard,” Daniel Boone girls basketbal coach Travis Mains said. “Youth showed its face there at the end.”
Despite having a good start to the game, leading 15-10 at the end of the first quarter and leading 28-23 in the second quarter the Lady Blazers could not put things together in the second half of the game.
With 2:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Lady Blazers were ahead 55-51 until Browning scored back to back to give her team four points and tie the game.
Daniel Boone will lose the services of three of their seniors in Jaclyn Jenkins, Kendra Harville and Haley Jones.
It was a sad night for Jenkins, who surpassed her 1000th career-point during the year, but she said it was a season she’d never forget.
“It was by far the best season I’ve had in my four years at Boone,” she said. “We were like family. I was hoping we could go further in post season, but I wouldn’t trade my girls for the world.”
Boys fall to Sevier County
The Blazers fell to Sevier County 50-43 on the road.
Ryan Keever scored 17 points for the Blazers, while Alex Percell contributed 10.
A 3-point third quarter ultimately doomed the Blazers, who were tied 25-25 at halftime.
“We struggled to score in the third quarter and that we were stuck having to play catch-up,” Percell said. “But I’m very proud of my teammates for their effort and for battling not just for that game but the whole season as well.”
His senior cohort, Gabe Sanders, also commended his teammates for the season they had.
“I hate that it had to come to an end,” Sanders said. “But I am proud of the season we had.
“We went through some ups and downs, but that is just how it goes. We fought till the very end of our last game and just came up short. But the memories we made will last a lifetime.”