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Lady Trailblazers prove too much for Lady Pioneers

With the girls of David Crockett (2-19, 0-9) and Daniel Boone (10-13, 3-8) sitting at the bottom of the conference, their first meeting of the season provided some extra motivation.
The Pioneers held strong in the early going, before giving way to Boone’s full-court press and inside-outside offensive prowess. The Bla-zers eventually rolled to a 56-17 win.
Both teams entered Saturday’s game with two losses on the week. The Lady Blazers fell at Dobyns-Bennett, 50-29, then lost at home against Volunteer, 59-44.
The Crockett girls fell to Tennessee High in a lopsided 71-20 loss followed by a strong offensive effort against Sullivan South in a competitive 67-54 defeat.
On Saturday, the Lady Blazers opened the first quarter putting pressure on the Crockett guards, creating turnovers and taking an early 7-4 lead, which was extended shortly after to 12-6 following a Jessie Summie three-pointer.
“This was one of the most complete games we have played in a long time,” Boone Coach Tim Campbell said. “I thought we did a great job in the second half of containing their penetrators and getting in the passing lanes.”
The Lady Pioneers, playing in front of a home crowd, responded by breaking Boone’s press to score the final four points of the first quarter, to trail by only two heading to the second quarter.
The Blazers were able to take advantage from the line, pushing their lead to 26-13 at the half. Although Crockett was given more opportunities from the charity stripe, the Lady Pioneers just couldn’t convert.
Boone’s tenacious first half gave way to a more controlled and balanced second half as the Blazers exploded in the third quarter, continuing in their press defense while pushing their lead to 25 points amidst a 12-0 run in the first five minutes of play.
“We did a real good job of rebounding on both ends,” Campbell said. “The last couple of games we really struggled rebounding, but tonight I felt like we were like a pack of wild animals when we went after the ball. This was more of what I wanted to see.”
The Pioneers only basket of the quarter came from Kelsey Persinger, who led scoring for Crockett with eight points. Boone took a comfortable 42-15 lead into the final stanza.
The Lady Blazers extended their lead, cruising to a lopsided 56-17 win against their rival. Natalie Sheffey and Jordan Bacon led the Boone offense, each scoring 12 points.
“It was good to see some of the young kids get in and contribute,” Campbell said. “We have been looking for this type of performance for a while.”