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Lady Blazers narrowly miss enormous upset bid

The Lady Blazers nearly achieved a feat that hasn’t been done in more than three seasons — hand the Lady Hilltoppers a conference loss.
Science Hill entered the Nov. 20 contest in Gray against the Lady Blazers with a conference win streak exceeding 50 games. Boone was up for the task.
After opening the season with two losses, the Lady Blazers took Science Hill to the brink of defeat in both team’s conference openers on Thursday night, but a last second Boone shot just missed to keep the Science Hill streak intact, 58-57.
Both teams struggled to find points in the first quarter, where after eight minutes of play the Hilltoppers controlled just a 7-6 lead.
Scoring picked up in the second as Science Hill was able to distance themselves from the Lady Blazers and took a 30-21 lead into halftime.
But the second half would belong to Boone as the Lady Blazers whittled the Science Hill lead down to just three points by the end of the third quarter.
They would catch the Lady Hilltoppers in the fourth and a Taylor Carmichael basket giving her a game-high 30 points with a minute left to play put the Blazers ahead 57-55.
Science Hill converted three free throws over the final minute to regain the lead, the last one coming with just eight seconds left.
Boone would have one last chance as Courtney Vasquez put up a shot under heavy contact of Science Hill defenders.
The shot would go awry and a foul call never came as the Lady Hilltoppers escaped with the 58-57 win.
It was a tough loss to stomach for the Lady Blazers and was their third to open the season after previous losses to Jefferson County and Morristown West.
However, after almost narrowly knocking off the perennial Big 7 favorite, the Lady Blazers have proven to the rest of the conference, and more importantly to themselves, that on any given night, they can beat anybody.
For the Blazer boys, the Chris Brown era is now officially under way with the start of the 2014-15 season.
The Blazers are off to a 1-2 start to open the season after recording their first win under their new head coach following a 51-47 victory over Morristown West on Nov. 18.
The Blazers returned to action on Nov. 20 for their conference opener against Science Hill but fell big to the Toppers, 61-37.