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Lady Blazers earn tie for top spot

The Daniel Boone Lady Trailblazers stepped on to their home court for two reasons last Friday, to seek revenge against the Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians and to secure a chance at becoming the regular season champions.
Both of those things were accomplished as the Lady Trailblazers came out strong and defeated Dobyns-Bennett 46-32.
“We wanted to win,” said Daniel Boone guard Macie Culbertson. “We were all pretty excited. It was big to tie for first place. We want to win and that’s what our goal is.”
Culbertson led the Lady Trailblazers in scoring with 17 points with 11 of those coming in the fourth quarter alone. She also finished five out of six shots from the free throw line.
“She’s starting to finish off two feet,” said Daniel Boone Coach Travis Mains. “She was pushing R2, she put the turbo down and got to the basket pretty quickly. She’s a very good athlete.”
Both teams were pretty even in the first and third quarter, but the Lady Trailblazers ended each half expanding their lead.
Their biggest gain came in the fourth quarter when they outscored the Indians 19-16.
The team now sits in first place in the big seven.
“This gives us a lift definitely,” said Mains. “We’re tied for first place, got some big games next week so now we have to just play.”
The Daniel Boone boys’ basketball team defeated Dobyns-Bennett 63-58.
Ball movement seemed to be the key for the Trailblazers as four of the players scored in double digits in the win over the Indians.
Ryan Keever scored 18 points, Alex Percell scored 13, while Gabe Sanders and Evan Scanlan both scored 10.
The game was tight through all four quarters as both teams battled for the win. It wasn’t until the last few minutes of the game when Daniel Boone jumped ahead of the Indians.
A tech on the Trailblazers bench put the Indians only behind one point. A key steal by Percell gave the Trailblazers possession.
“He does a good job leading things,” said Daniel Boone Coach Chris Brown. “I think he made good plays down the stretch. He just battled with a little bit of foul trouble.”
Dobyns-Bennett was unable to score for the rest of the game while Daniel Boone capitalized on four of six from the free throw line in the final minute of the game.
“This game helps a lot because we’re trying to finish off the season with a winning record,” said Percell. “We had to win this game and we got it.”

Lady Blazers come close to knocking off Lady Trojans
Daniel Boone traveled to Morristown West on Saturday, falling short of one of the state’s top teams in AAA 54-45.
Macie Culbertson led the Lady Blazers with 20 points, while Sydney Pearce scored 14. The two sophomores are starting to age right in front of Travis Mains eyes.
“They aren’t sophomores anymore,” he said. “They are really starting to come into their own and both of them are playing really well right now.”
The Lady Trojans were able to connect on 9-of-18 3-point attempts, while the Lady Blazers were only able to knock down 3-of-9.
Despite their poor shooting from long distance, Daniel Boone took the lead out of the first quarter, going up 13-12. However, they fell behind 22-19 at the half.
If Daniel Boone wins out, than a coin flip will decide whether them or Dobyns-Bennett gets the top seed in the Big Seven Conference tournament.
The Blazers contest on Tuesday against Sullivan Central was postponed, so they will host the Cougars tonight. They will then close out the regular season by hosting Tennessee High on Friday.
The seniors will be honored during their last regular season home contest on Friday.