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New Year brings good luck for Boone

After nearly a month of tournament play, the Blazers and Lady Blazers opened 2014 with winning efforts against old foe and former conference member, Sullivan South, on Jan. 3.
Both teams returned to conference play following their 2014 opener on Jan. 7 against Tennessee High in Gray, staying perfect in the new year after capturing wins in both contests over the Vikings.
The January schedule has been a return to local competition for the Boone boys after a trip to Daytona Beach where they placed fifth in the Father Lopez Tournament. For the Lady Blazers, their contests were their first since hosting the Johnson City Honda Classic at the end of December.
Reppart leads Blazers to push win streak to four games before loss
Boone senior guard Dillon Reppart has been the Blazers’ best player this season and once again continued to lead his team throughout Boone’s recent three-game winning streak.
After dropping their opening contest in Daytona at the Father Lopez Tournament, Reppart and the Blazers rebounded with two straight wins to claim fifth place. Reppart was selected to the all-tournament team for his efforts.
Boone opened play at the tournament on Dec. 27 against First Academy with a lopsided 72-46 loss.
While the Blazers struggled in the initial quarter, eventually trailing 25-14 after the first eight minutes, their offense came to life in the second to cut into the lead. First Academy only maintained a 40-34 lead at the half.
The third and fourth quarters would be a different story as the Blazers only managed to score 12 points in the second half, allowing their opponent to run away with the contest.
Despite 11 Blazers scoring in the game, only Alex Percell reached double-figures with 10 points.
Boone returned to action a day later against Smyrna and captured a thrilling 66-65 win. The Blazers took a five-point lead into the half but for the second straight game struggled to open the third quarter.
Smyrna outscored the Blazers 25-15 in the quarter to take a 54-49 lead into the fourth. But the Blazers would chip away at the lead over the final eight minutes, taking the win on their final basket. The score came from Aaron Shelton who converted on a put back in the final moments.
Four Blazers reached double-figures in the game with Percell leading all scorers with 18. Reppart had 14 points and Evan Scanlan finished with 13. Holden Hensley added 10.
Boone’s final contest of the tournament was in the fifth place game against Lyman. Reppart’s 22 points and Percell’s 15 paced the Blazers to a 67-59 win.
Boone put together their best quarter in the first, capturing an eight-point lead by the stanza’s end.
Lyman would only outscore the Blazers in one quarter and Boone controlled a six-point advantage at the half. The Blazers would stretch that lead back to eight points by the end of the third, and the teams played even in the fourth.
The win would give the Blazers a fifth-place finish at the tournament and put them on a two-game winning streak before returning home for a short break for New Year’s.
The Blazers would return to action for the first time in 2014 on Jan. 3 in Colonial Heights against Sullivan South.
While Reppart led the Blazer offense with 15 points, it was the team’s defense that solidified a 58-55 Boone win.
The Blazers out-rebounded South 34-21, forcing the Rebels to rely on three-pointers and long jumpers to keep the contest close.
The Blazers trailed by a point at halftime and a strong Rebel start to the third quarter put Boone down by seven, but the Blazer defense locked down, helping to cut the South advantage to just one by the end of the quarter.
The Blazer run continued in the fourth as they took the lead before stretching their advantage to nine points midway through the quarter.
While South made another run, Boone held them off to capture the three-point win.
Entering their Jan. 7 contest against Tennessee High, the Blazers had not played a conference opponent in almost a month and had not played at home in over two weeks. But back in the confines of Bobby Snyder Gymnasium against a Big 7 team, the Blazers were ready, taking a 59-57 win to stretch their win streak to four games.
As has been the case much of the season for Boone, the Blazers relied on a strong defensive effort to build an early lead.
After the first quarter, Boone held a 13-11 advantage and continued to rely on their defense to take a 26-21 lead into the half.
The second half displayed a renewal of offense for both teams, but the Blazers stretched their lead to eight points by the end of the third quarter after outscoring the Vikings 19-16 over the second half’s first eight minutes.
The fourth quarter was a different game as the Vikings chipped away at the Boone lead, eventually pulling within one of the Blazers. Boone pushed their advantage back to two in the final moments of the contest, but Tennessee High had the last chance, a potential game winning three-pointer that just missed as the Blazers prevailed 59-57.
Pacing the Blazers’ offensive effort was freshman Holden Hensley who scored a team high 16 points. Reppart and Percell added 10 points each in the win.
Boone’s four-game win streak came to an end on Jan. 10 in Kingsport against Dobyns-Bennett with a 75-53 loss. The Indians jumped in front 20-10 after the first quarter and never looked back.
While the Blazers wouldn’t allow the Indians’ lead to exceed 10 points by the second or third quarter end, Dobyns-Bennett outscored the Blazers 19-7 in the fourth for the lopsided margin.
Reppart was the only Blazer to reach double-figure scoring by finishing with 19 points.
The Blazers have improved their record to 12-9 on the season and will look to continue improving in the second half of the season.
They will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 14, against rival Crockett in Jonesborough before reigniting a conference clash with Volunteer on Friday, Jan. 17.
Lady Blazers top South,
end longtime losing streak against Tennessee
The Lady Blazers have had a busy holiday season, participating in two tournaments since Dec. 21 and most recently returning to the hardwood against former Big 7 member school, Sullivan South, on Jan. 3.
Their contest against the Lady Rebels came just a few days after Boone placed fifth as hosts of the annual Johnson City Honda Classic which wrapped up Dec. 30.
In their final game at the Classic, the Lady Blazers used a 15-0 run in the first half to win 65-50 over Creek Wood. Taylor Campbell and Katelyn Cox both chipped in 10 points to lead the Boone offensive effort.
The Lady Blazers returned to action at Sullivan South on Jan. 3 against the Lady Rebels and continued their winning ways with a 71-61 victory.
Following the tip, the offenses took little time to hit full gear in the first quarter with the Lady Blazers holding a 19-18 lead after the first eight minutes.
It was the second quarter, however, that gave Boone the push they needed to pull away for the win.
The Lady Blazers held the Rebels to just six points in the second quarter as their defense made it tough on South to score. With the Rebel offense held in check, Boone took advantage, scoring 14 points to take a nine- point lead into halftime.
While the Lady Rebels were able to cut the Boone lead to eight by the end of the third, the Blazers responded with 22 points in the fourth quarter, giving Boone the 10-point win.
The Blazer offense was led by Taylor Carmichael who poured in 22 points to lead all scorers. Boone converted six three-pointers in the contest with Carmichael knocking down half of those.
She was joined in the strong offensive effort by four other Lady Blazers who reached double-figures in scoring. Allison Littleton, Taylor Campbell and Autumn Bradshaw each scored 13 points and Jaclyn Jenkins added 11 in the win.
The Lady Blazers returned home against a conference team for the first time in 2014 on Jan. 7. Unfortunately for Boone, their opponent was Tennessee High, a team the Lady Blazers have not beaten in eight seasons.
After the final horn had sounded with the Lady Blazers on top 56-48, the streak finally came to an end as the Boone girls beat the Lady Vikings for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
The Lady Blazers controlled a five-point halftime advantage and 43-38 lead after three quarters, but the Lady Vikings didn’t go quietly.
Tennessee High began the final quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 45-43 lead, but Boone didn’t let the contest out of their grasp.
The Lady Blazers responded with a run of their own, finishing off the fourth quarter by outscoring the Vikings 15-3 to earn the win and put an end to the unsightly losing streak.
Bradshaw and Littleton led Boone in the win, guiding the Blazers offence with 19 and 13 points respectively.
The Blazers followed up the emotional win with a Jan. 10 contest in Kingsport against Dobyns-Bennett. Despite 14-point efforts from both Littleton and Carmichael, the Lady Blazers were outmatched by the conference’s perennial powerhouse, losing 63-50.
The Lady Blazers are 14-7 overall with a 3-2 conference mark, good enough for a second-place tie with Volunteer.
Boone will continue their conference slate this week with games against the Lady Pioneers on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Jonesborough before closing out the week against the Lady Falcons of Volunteer on Friday, Jan. 17.