By TREY WILLIAMS
The David Crockett girls basketball team clinched the program’s first 20- win season on Friday night at Crockett.
Better yet, it was a comeback victory against arch-rival Daniel Boone. Senior guard Emily Trivett scored seven of her 14 points in the final 2:55, a game-winning 3-pointer with 30 seconds left among them, as the Pioneers made history with a 36-35 victory.
Victory wasn’t sealed until Boone’s Kaylee Cox missed a rushed 3-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer.
“The school’s been here 51, 52 years and that’s the most wins in school history,” Crockett second-year coach Thomas Gouge said. “What a game. … E.T. hit two big shots late. She’s done it all year for us.”
Crockett (4-3, 20-5) clinched a regional berth by assuring itself no worse than a third-place finish in the Big Five Conference. Boone (3-5, 9-15) had defeated Crockett at the buzzer on Camryn Sarvis’ lay-up two weeks earlier.
Boone was in the driver’s seat to complete the regular-season sweep when Savannah Jessee’s basket down low gave it a 33-27 lead with 3:20 remaining.
Crockett senior 6-foot post Ka- dence Fannon responded with a lay- in nine seconds later and Trivette’s assisted bucket from the right block got the Pioneers within 33-31 with 2:55 left.
Trivette followed with a perim- eter shot that the Pioneers student section assumed had given Crockett a 34-33 lead, but she was ruled to have a foot on the 3-point line. So the score was tied, 33-33, with 2:31 remaining.
Boone post Maci Masters’ made a stick-back to give the Trailblazers a 35-33 lead with 37 seconds left.
But Trivette answered with a 3-pointer assisted by freshman point guard Bella Ferguson on the ensuing possession for the game-winner.
“I was pretty calm because I believed in my team, like, ‘We got this,’” Trivette said. “I was trying to tell my team, you know, ‘Calm down. We’re good.’ We’ve done it before. We’ve been in situations where we were down more. …
“It’s a great feeling. And we have Crockett Country behind us.”
Gouge wasn’t surprised to see Trivette deliver in the clutch.
“She shoots the ball much better under pressure in clutch situations in front of that student section than she does in the first half (at the other end of the court),” Gouge said. “When- ever she gets her feet set in the fourth quarter in a tight game, it’s going in about every time.”
Boone coach Beau Hauldren tipped his cap to Crockett.
“I thought we guarded ‘em good in the half-court,” he said. “We hold Ferguson to three and Fannon to
10 – and Trivette goes out and gets 14. She’s a senior and she played big for ‘em.
“I thought we battled our guts out.”
Seeing Cox line up the last shot gave an unsettling glimpse of déjà vu.
“Cox hit a three at Boone that got ‘em within three (late),” Gouge said. “And she got a good look there and it just bounced off the rim. I was praying to God that it wouldn’t go in.”
Kyleigh Bacon led Boone with 12 points.
It was Crockett’s fourth win in the past five meetings with Boone, which had won 40 of the previous 42 games in the series.
“That’s our 20th win,” Trivette
said. “So it makes us like the best team Crockett’s ever had.”
It was supposed to be a rebuilding season for Crockett.
“Nobody thought this would happen,” Gouge said. “We graduated 90 percent of our production last year. They heard in the spring they were not gonna be any good because we lost everybody. These girls took offense to that, though. They’ve heard the chatter. And they took that to heart and they play with a chip on their shoulder.”
In the boys game, senior point guard Dawson Wagner stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, six assists and five steals and junior post Gage Peterson recorded a double-double (18 points, 13 rebounds) to lead Crockett past Boone, 75-64.
Crockett (2-5, 14-11) would’ve had to play in the District 1-AAA play-in game had it lost to Boone (2-6, 9-16), which beat the Pioneers 40-39 in Gray two weeks earlier
thanks to Landon Carrico’s overtime buzzer-beater.
Crockett, Boone and West Ridge (2-5, 16-11) could end up in three- way tie for third, which would necessitate a tiebreaker.
The third-place finisher secures a regional berth.
Crockett appeared set to rout Boone in the rematch. Clint Pierce scored nine of his 15 points while the Pioneers built a 39-20 halftime lead and it led 46-22 on Wagner’s snazzy left-handed baseline reverse with 5:11 left in the third quarter.
“Dawson can do it all,” Connell said. “He’s a game-changer. We’re glad he’s on my team and not any- body else’s.”
Wagner repeatedly penetrated to draw help defenders.
“He does a great job of breaking you down,” Boone coach Chris Brown said. “We weren’t disciplined enough with what we went over in terms of trying to get him to where we wanted him to use those screens, because when he rejects them there’s no help there. And I thought he got in there and he rejected some of those screens and he got to the bas- ket and he got some kick-outs. He broke us down quite a bit.”
Freshman point guard Jacob Arnold (11 points) made three 3-pointers and hit both ends of one-and-one free throws for a 65-55 lead with 3:40 remaining.
Crockett saw a 46-22 lead get cut to six (67-61), but Boone missed two free throws and the Pioneers answered with a pair to essentially seal it. Boone was 9-for-19 at the line and Crockett made 21 of 24 free throws.
Junior Peyton Long scored 21 points for Boone. Brayden Blankenship (16), Luke Jenkins (15) and Creed Musick also scored in double figures for the Trailblazers.