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Pioneers go winless for week

With winter weather pushing the Pioneers’ and Lady Pioneers’ Tuesday game to Wednesday, both Crockett teams were forced to play twice in three days. The outcome of those contests left the teams winless for the week and in need of momentum with two weeks remaining until the postseason.
The Lady Pioneers traveled to Bristol a day later than originally scheduled in a matchup against Tennessee High on Jan. 22. Had the Lady Pioneers foreseen the outcome of the contest, they might have elected to stay home.
Crockett turned the ball over 23 times and the Lady Vikings took full advantage posting a definitive 80-43 win.
While the Lady Vikings controlled a 14-point lead at halftime, the second half only got worse for Crockett as Tennessee High outscored the Pioneers 41-18. Crockett managed just four points in the fourth quarter.
Kaley Persinger was the only Pioneer to reach double-figures, scoring 10 points in the loss.
The Lady Pioneers returned home for their Jan. 24 game against Dobyns-Bennett and, while Crockett again struggled with turnovers, they put together an inspired effort, keeping the contest close until the very end.
Despite falling to the Lady Indians 63-49, Crockett trailed by just five points midway through the final quarter. Madison Grindstaff’s 14 points and Kaley Persinger’s 13 led the Lady Pioneers scoring.
Against Tennessee High and Dobyns-Bennett, David Crockett boys played two strong halves. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, a full game consists of two halves and in each of Crockett’s contests, their strong first-half effort was undermined by their second-half struggles.
On Jan. 22 against the Vikings, the Pioneers 23-21 halftime advantage was quickly erased in the third quarter as Crockett only scored four points.While the Pioneer offense reappeared in the fourth quarter to the tune of 17 points, Crockett still fell 51-44.
Crockett’s season leading scorer, Patrick Good, once again paced the Pioneers in the contest, finishing with 20 points.
Just two days after their third quarter collapse against Tennessee High, the Pioneers repeated the feat in Jonesborough against Dobyns-Bennett.
Playing in front of the home crowd, the Pioneers raced out of the gates taking a 20-19 lead after the first quarter.
But the Indians headed into the half with a six-point advantage and the third quarter was once again the Pioneers’ undoing.
Over the quarter, Dobyns-Bennett poured in 29 points as Crockett struggled to stop the Indian attack. The Indians’ six-point halftime lead inflated to 18 by the end of the quarter.
Crockett kept up in the fourth, but DB’s third-quarter explosion marked the game’s turning point. The Pioneers fell 93-69.
The loss for Crockett is even more disappointing when considering Patrick Good’s performance, who tallied a whopping 41 points.
Good shot a strong 15 of 31 from the field, but struggled at the freethrow line. He converted just nine of his 17 attempts.
The losses dropped the Pioneers to 5-5 in the conference and 16-10 overall. With just two league games left, Crockett can finish no better than fourth in the Big 7.
Both Pioneer teams will finish off their conference schedule next week with home games against Volunteer on Jan. 28 and Science Hill on Jan. 31.