EDITOR’S NOTE: Daniel Boone High School’s girls basketball team advanced to regional semifinal play against Morristown West High School following the deadline for this article.
The Lady Trailblazers beat Morristown West with a 57-39 victory on Monday, Feb. 26. The Lady Trailblazers will now face Jefferson County in the regional championship game on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Jefferson County.
By Allen Rau
The Daniel Boone High School Lady Trailblazers advanced to the 1-AAA Regional semifinals after a 57-34 victory over Sevier County on Friday night.
Bayleigh Carmichael led the Trailblazers with 13 points while Sydney Pearce added 11 of her own. Pearce led off the game with a layup and had another off a nice assist from Carmichael.
Sevier County tied up the game and then pulled ahead by five after four Boone turnovers. Carmichael hit a three pointer towards the end of the first to pull Boone within two after the first period.
The Blazers picked up the defensive intensity in the second but their shooting was off target and they continued to turnover the ball. Only big shots by Emily Sizemore and Bailee Dye kept Boone in front at halftime 21-18.
The Trailblazers led off the third period with another turnover and Sevier County pulled within one point. That seemed to spur on the Blazers they ripped off a 21-3 run in the final four minutes of the third period to lead 42-23.
Carmichael scored seven points in the period while Pearce and Jaycee Jenkins added five points each.
Boone finished off the game comfortably and will now travel to Jefferson County for their semifinal matchup with Morristown West.
Carmichael finished with 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists and Pearce had eleven points and seven rebounds.
Jaycie Jenkins filled up the stat sheet with nine points, three assists, six rebounds and three steals. Emily Sizemore had eight points and Macie Culbertson had eight points, also.
“Million dollar question,” coach Travis Mains said about his team’s first half performance, “They weren’t themselves, they were looking ahead.”
He said his halftime message to the team was to challenge them, “Two of our best players, we challenged them and they stood up and played much better in the second half.
“Macie (Culbertson) and Sydney (Pearce) played really well in the second half.”