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Lady Blazers defeat Sullivan South, Dobyns-Bennett

With their male counterparts in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, the Lady Blazers are hoping last week was the beginning of their own streak, a winning one.
After dropping their first conference game of the season to Tennessee High on Nov. 29, the Lady Blazers showed marked improvement last week in conference games against Sullivan South and Dobyns-Bennett as they bettered their record to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in the Big 8.
Lady Blazers down Sullivan South
If the Lady Blazers are able to achieve sizable success this season, their improbable and impressive come-from-behind 43-41 win against the Lady Rebels on Dec. 6 could serve as a defining moment for the team.
The Lady Blazers opened the contest at Sullivan South looking for their first conference win of the season. After a quarter of play, that first Big 8 win looked as if it would have to wait.
The quarter went just about as bad as any single stanza can go. The Lady Rebels took advantage of every Boone mistake, holding the cold shooting Blazers to just three points in the opening quarter while adding 16 of their own for a commanding 13-point lead.
The Boone comeback began in the second quarter, as the Lady Blazers knocked down their opponent’s lead to just 10 points by intermission. As the third got underway, the Blazers continued to chisel at the South lead, eventually cutting it to single digits and then to just six points with a quarter to play.
With just over two minutes remaining in the contest, it seemed that despite the tremendous effort from Boone, South’s first-quarter lead would in fact be insurmountable.
Trailing by five points, Boone’s Natalie Sheffey took over. The senior posted four points on consecutive possessions and a pair of free throws gave the Lady Blazers their first lead.
But South would come back and tie on a free throw attempt.
Sheffey had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but the attempt just missed. The game went into overtime. Sheffey scored the only points of overtime, giving Boone the two-point victory.
Sheffey finished with nine points, most of which came in the second half. Boone was led in scoring by Jenny Snyder, who added 16 points.
Huge quarter lifts Lady Blazers over D-B
For three quarters, the Dec. 9 matchup against Dobyns-Bennett was all about the defense, as each team made scoring for the other a difficult task.
In the second quarter, however, Boone matched their entire offensive output of the three other quarters combined, scoring 19 points while building a 17-point halftime lead en route to a 39-26 victory.
Playing at home, Boone ended the first quarter with a five-point advantage, but it was the next quarter that put Boone’s second consecutive win in motion.
The Lady Blazers put up 19 points in the quarter to stretch their lead to 17. While the Lady Indians rebounded in all facets of the game in the second half, the 19-point quarter proved to be a big enough lead as the Lady Blazers held on for one of their more comfortable wins of the season and arguably their strongest defensive effort.
Snyder led Boone with nine points. Katelyn Cox added eight in the win.
The Lady Blazers will try to make it three wins in a row at home on Dec. 13 against Volunteer.