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Pioneers fall to Hilltoppers for first conference loss

After going unbeaten for more than a month to start the 2014-15 basketball season, the Pioneers of David Crockett have struggled to maintain that early momentum over the past two weeks.
First for Crockett was a disappointing appearance in the Arby’s Classic at the end of December and most recently an 87-77 home loss to Science Hill, the Pioneers first in the Big 7 this season, and a 108-90 road loss to Asheville’s Clyde A. Erwin High School.
The Pioneers entered the Jan. 6 contest in Jonesborough at the top of the conference standings, with just a game lead ahead of second-place Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett.
The Hilltoppers built an early lead in the first quarter and pulled ahead by as much as 16-7 before the Pioneers began chipping away.
Crockett would pull the deficit within three by the midway point of the second quarter, but couldn’t find an answer for Malik McGue who exploded for 14 points over the final minutes of the first half.
McGue’s efforts along with Crockett’s cold shooting sent the teams to the locker room with the Hilltoppers controlling a 45-28 advantage.
The Science Hill senior would open the second half just as he had ended the first, scoring the first five points of the third quarter to stretch the visitor’s lead to 22 points.
Crockett would respond to the tough stretch over the remaining 15 minutes of the contest and cut the lead to seven points by the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
But that would be as close as the Pioneers would get as the Hilltoppers made the most of their opportunities at the free throw line, converting 28-of-39 shots from the stripe for the contest, with 20 coming in the fourth quarter alone.
The Pioneers would fall to a final score of 87-77.
Patrick Good led all scorers in the contest with 33 points, but required a high volume of shot attempts to reach the mark.
The loss erased the one-game cushion the Pioneers had maintained over Science Hill and last year’s Big 7 champion Dobyns-Bennett.
The Pioneers dropped their second and final contest of the week on Jan. 10 in Asheville, falling to Clyde A. Erwin, 108-90.
Crockett now holds a 15-4 record overall and shares a 5-1 mark in the conference with the Hilltoppers and Indians.
They will more than likely have to beat Science Hill in Johnson City at the end of the month for any chance at a regular season conference crown.
In the girls contest, the Lady Hilltoppers remained perfect in the Big 7 with a dominant 73-34 win over the Lady Pioneers.
Crockett was only able to score 10 first-half points in the loss and trailed at halftime 35-10.
Although the Lady Pioneers would pick up their scoring over the final two quarters, Science Hill would as well to keep and extend their already large lead.
Chelsea Lyninger topped scoring for the Pioneers finishing with 10 points.
The Lady Pioneers’ second loss of the week came in Asheville on Saturday in a 72-63 contest against Clyde A. Erwin.
After an unexpected start to the season, which included controlling the top spot in the conference in early December, the Lady Pioneers have hit a rough patch and now are part of a four-way tie for third place in the Big 7 with a 3-3 conference record and 6-12 overall mark.