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Lady Blazers thwart rival Crockett

Just over three weeks into the basketball season, the Daniel Boone Lady Blazers already seem to be hitting their stride following an impressive week that included wins over one of the conference’s best teams, Volunteer, and a blowout victory over rival David Crockett.
For the Lady Pioneers, despite enduring a big loss to rival Boone, Crockett captured their first conference victory in four years, a small but meaningful step in the rebuilding process of the program.
Prior to the Dec. 6 matchup in Gray between the Blazers and Pioneers, both teams opened the week at home against conference opponents on Dec. 3.
The Lady Pioneers’ contest against Sullivan Central marked the program’s biggest win in four years, as they captured a 79-60 win over the Lady Cougars, effectively putting an end to the conference’s longest losing streak.
Daniel Boone’s contest against the talented Lady Falcons of Volunteer (10-3, 1-1) established an early season conference pecking order.
Boone used an explosive first and third quarter to capture a 72-55 win.
The Lady Blazers got off to a fast start, piling on 23 first quarter points contributing to a 39-22 lead at the half.
Boone wouldn’t be slowed in the second half, adding 25 more points in the third to stretch their advantage to 25 points by the end of the quarter.
The Blazers utilized a high pressure defense to force 24 Falcon turnovers, allowing Boone to take control of the game early and the girls didn’t let up.
Leading the Blazer effort was the duo of Katelyn Cox and Taylor Carmichael. Cox finished with 20 points and Carmichael added 19,.
Following the Lady Blazers biggest win of the young season and the Pioneers biggest win in four seasons, the two rivals met on Nov. 6 in Gray. Boone continued their high level of play, capturing a 77-42 win over Crockett.
After the Pioneers scored the first basket of the game on a free-throw attempt, the Lady Blazers scored 15 straight points, leading to a 23-7 first quarter advantage over the Pioneers.
That would be as close as the contest would get, as Boone opened the second quarter on another run to take a 48-16 halftime lead.
The Lady Pioneers finally got their offense going in the third quarter, matching their first-half scoring output in just eight minutes. But they could never really cut into the first-half deficit. The Blazers forced 21 turnovers in the game, the majority coming in the first half as Boone asserted the press on Crockett ball-handlers.
Cox once again led the Lady Blazer offense, scoring a game high 22 points. Allison Littleton posted an 18-point effort and Carmichael reached double-figures for the second straight game, finishing with 13.
Chelsea Lyninger led all Crockett scorers with nine points. Heather Scalf and Kaylie Foster each added seven points in the loss.
The Lady Blazers now occupy second place in the conference with a 2-1 mark in the Big 7 and a 6-2 overall record on the season. Next up for the Lady Blazers will be Morristown West on Dec. 9 in Gray before opening play in the Round Ball in the Palace on Dec. 13.
The Lady Pioneers are now one of just four teams in the Big 7 with a conference win and have a record of 3-7 on the season. Crockett will continue conference play in their next two games, opening the week against Dobyns-Bennett in Kingsport on Dec. 10 before beginning a four-game home stand against Tennessee High on Dec. 13, Greeneville on Dec. 14 and Chuckey-Doak on Dec. 17.