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Lady Blazers use big second quarter for sweep of Pioneers

One quarter was all the Lady Blazers needed to put away the Lady Pioneers in Jonesborough on Jan. 14 and complete the season sweep of their biggest rival in a 68-40 win.
The Pioneers played even with the Lady Blazers after one quarter and led on a couple of occasions over the contest’s first eight minutes.
Crockett out-rebounded the Lady Blazers 10-2 in the first half, contributing to their strong first quarter effort.
The second quarter would be a much different story for both teams as the Lady Blazers found their groove and took full advantage of Crockett miscues.
Boone outscored Crockett in the second 21-5 to take a 35-19 lead into the half.
The quarter would prove to be the game’s biggest decider as Crockett could never rebound in the second half from the earlier quarter’s shellacking.
Boone added to their advantage in the third, outscoring the Pioneers 20-12 before sitting their starters for much of the final quarter.
Four Lady Blazers scored in double-figures in the contest. Allison Littleton led Boone with 13 points, with Jaclyn Jenkins, Taylor Carmichael, and Katelyn Cox adding 11 each.
Autumn Bradshaw was just shy of reaching double-figures finishing with nine points.
Kaley Persinger led the Lady Pioneers in scoring, chipping in 12 points. Madison Grindstaff added eight points in the loss.
The Lady Pioneers returned to play on Friday to wrap up the week and for the second time this season, Crockett came out on top over Sullivan Central. The win was their second conference victory of the season. The Lady Pioneers’ earlier win over Central marked their first league win in almost four years.
For the Lady Blazers, their Friday night contest against Volunteer held significant ramifications for postseason seeding as both teams entered the Jan. 17 game in Church Hill tied for second place in the Big 7.
The Lady Blazers, who had defeated Volunteer earlier in the season in Gray, came into the contest flat and were throttled by the Lady Falcons 71-33.
Boone scored just 19 points over the final three quarters, never able to get on track throughout the contest’s 32 minutes.
The loss dropped the Lady Blazers to third place in the conference with a league record of 4-3 and a 15-8 overall mark.
The Lady Pioneers now sit at sixth in the conference with a 2-6 league mark and a 5-17 overall record.
The Lady Blazers will play just one time next week, a Jan. 21 meeting in Gray against conference best Science Hill.
Crockett will continue their conference schedule with a Jan. 21 meeting at Tennessee High before finishing the week at home against Dobyns-Bennett.