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Pioneers struggle in conference play

Another tough stretch of conference competition greeted the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School last week as both teams fell in all four contests to Big 8 Conference foes.
The teams were out of action on Jan. 25 as winter weather once again postponed basketball action, forcing more rescheduling by school and conference officials.
Pioneers swept
to open week
After almost a week out of action, the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers returned to the hardwood in Bristol on Jan. 22 for a conference contest against Tennessee High.
In the early game, the Lady Pioneers put together a strong opening half, trailing by only seven at halftime.
The close contest turned quickly in the third quarter, as Tennessee High took advantage of Crockett miscues, eventually extending the small halftime advantage to 16 points by the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Vikings eventually won the contest 54-36.
Crockett was led in scoring by Kaylie Foster who finished with 11 points.
The Vikings completed the sweep in the next contest as the Tennessee High boys downed the Pioneers, 58-36.
D-B handles
Pioneers with ease
After losing the night before in Bristol, the Pioneers returned home to Jonesborough for a makeup contest against Dobyns-Bennett, where they were met with similar results as in the previous night’s contests.
In the girls’ game, all it took was one quarter for the Lady Indians to separate themselves from the Lady Pioneers.
D-B cruised to an early 18-point advantage after the first eight minutes and only stretched their advantage as the contest progressed, eventually securing a 60-31 victory.
Heather Scalf led the Lady Pioneers with eight points on the night.
Following suit, the Indians made quick work of the Crockett boys, capturing a 22-9 first quarter advantage, eventually taking a 44-23 lead into the half.
The final two quarters didn’t go any better for the Pioneers as D-B opened up a 34-point lead by the end of the third, eventually winning the contest by the same margin, 73-39.
Isaac Mango was the only Pioneer to reach double figures, finishing with 14 points.
Crockett’s final contest of the week against Sullivan South was postponed due to inclement weather until Feb. 2.
The Pioneers now hold a record of 7-15, with a 2-7 conference mark. The Lady Pioneers still sit at just one win on the season and no wins in the conference. They hold a 1-18 record.
Both teams return to action in Jonesborough on Jan. 29 against Sullivan Central.