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Pioneers, Boone boys falter in district tournament action

The season ended in the opening round of the district tournament for the Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School.
Crockett (5-24, 0-14), which finished the regular season at the bottom of the Big 8, opened postseason play against the Big 8’s top team, Science Hill (31-0, 14-0).
The Lady Hilltoppers used a big first quarter to capture an 11-point lead, eventually pushing the deficit to 24 by the end of the first half.
Crockett was unable to find any answers in the second half as Science Hill continued to pound the Lady Pioneers inside and from the perimeter, winning 90-33.
Crockett’s Sara Shipley was the only Pioneer to reach the double figures, finishing with 11 points.
Adding to the Crockett struggles was the injury to Kelsey Persinger, whose season came to an end early for the second straight year due to an ACL tear to her knee.
Crockett BOys lose to Tennessee high
In most years, a 16-14 record in basketball at Crockett would be seen as a success. But for a team with six seniors and a year removed from a berth in the region, a first round exit in the district tournament and 6-8 regular season conference mark was a disappointment.
The Pioneers watched their season come crashing to a close at Sullivan Central against fourth seed Tennessee High.
Crockett trailed 16-7 at the end of the first quarter, a lead that would increase through each eight minute stanza.
The Pioneers fell behind 30-16 by halftime and were behind by 20 entering the fourth quarter. A final 13-6 fourth ended the Pioneers’ season with a 58-31 loss.
The Pioneers were led in scoring by seniors Anthony Campbell and Kohl Tarlton, who each finished with eight points.
Blazers nearly pull ofF upset win
Entering the opening round of the district tournament, the Daniel Boone Trailblazers (9-20, 4-10) were not expected to lead late in the contest, let alone win against Sullivan South (17-13, 9-5). But that is exactly what the Blazers set out to do.
Boone kept up with South throughout the first two quarters of play, heading into the second half down by one. The Blazers took control in the third quarter, jumping ahead and holding a decisive eight-point advantage with just a quarter to play.
But South clawed its way back, pulling within a point late in the contest. But the Blazers wouldn’t let the lead slip, grabbing a four-point advantage with just under a minute to play.
After hitting one of two shots at the line, South created a Boone turnover and converted it for two, cutting the Blazer lead to just a point with 18 seconds to play.
South was forced to foul the Blazers to prolong the contest. Boone’s Adam Edwards hit one shot at the line, to push his team ahead 59-57.
South’s A.J. Hutchins knocked down a huge three-pointer with just nine seconds to play to give South their first lead since early in the third quarter.
With less than 10 seconds to play, Boone had plenty of time to score the go-ahead basket. As Boone was driving to the basket, a whistle resulted in a Blazer charge, turning the ball over.
Boone Head Coach Ryan Arnold, in utter disbelief over the call, was slapped with a technical for arguing, sending South to the line to finish the Blazers off.
Hutchins hit both from the line, pushing South ahead by three and finished the contest with two more free throws when Boone was forced to foul after South received the ball because of the technical. Hutchins scored the final seven points of the game, eliminating Boone by a score of 64-59.
Boone was led on offense by Jacob Littleton, who scored 17 points. Dillon Reppart added 10 in the loss.