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Ladies of Boone, Crockett end season at district tournament

For the Lady Pioneers and Lady Blazers, Valentine’s Day served up a couple of heartbreaks in the opening round of the district tournament, putting an early end to their seasons.
Daniel Boone fell at Tennessee High, 52-36, while David Crockett lost to Science Hill, 86-15.
Daniel Boone (13-16), the Big 8’s seventh seed, faced a tough opening game of the district tournament against the two seeded Lady Vikings (23-6). The Lady Blazers struggled early on, falling behind 21-1 midway through the second quarter.
Feeling their season slipping away, Boone picked up their play on both ends of the court, trailing 23-7 at the half. With a tremendous sense of urgency, Boone matched one of the conference’s toughest teams on offense and defense in the second half, but the 20-point deficit proved to be too big, and Boone saw their chances of an upset come to a disappointing end. Natalie Sheffey led the Blazers with nine points and Jesse Summie finished with seven.
The Lady Pioneers (2-25) finished the season without a win in the conference which resulted in an opening round game against the Big 8’s best team Science Hill (26-3). Crockett, an extremely young team, has struggled in almost all facets of the game this season.
A trend that continued against the Hilltoppers as the experience level between the two was once again clearly on different levels. Science Hill began the contest with a 25-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, which they stretched to 41 by the end of the half. The Lady Toppers continued pouring it on to open the third quarter, pushing the lead to 60 before calling in the reserves. Crockett struggled offensively against Science Hill’s high-pressure defense, failing to score more than six points in any quarter.
Despite managing only two points on offense, Crockett’s lone senior Brittany Ward finished off her high school basketball career with the same intense style and unparalleled effort that Pioneer fans have grown accustomed to seeing. Hannah Jarrett led Crockett on offense with six points.
Although an early exit doesn’t bode well for the two competitive teams, the cupboards are loaded next season with Boone returning eight players and Crockett only losing Ward to graduation.
Even more important than the returning players, will be the experience gained from a tough season which should be the difference maker for these two young teams next season.