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Pioneers, Trailblazers face off

With Big 8 teams wrapping up regular season play last week, preparation for the postseason has begun.
The teams of Crockett and Boone now ready themselves for the next chapter of the 2012-13 basketball season with the beginning of the district tournament.
While Crockett welcomed a slate of games in their final week of action, the Blazers locked up their postseason seeding on Feb. 5, on senior night, in Gray by hosting the rival Pioneers.
Lady Blazers
BEAT Lady Pioneers
The Lady Blazers only needed eight minutes to separate themselves from county rival Crockett on senior night in the confines of Bobby Snyder Gymnasium.
Boone raced out to a 22-point advantage after the first quarter, pouring in 30 points during the stanza while holding Crockett to just eight.
The second quarter brought more of the same as Boone stretched their 22 point first quarter lead to 40 points by the half.
Senior Jenny Snyder delivered on a night, leading the Lady Blazers in scoring 19 points on the evening.
The Blazers called off the onslaught in the second half, coasting to an easy 78-34 victory.
Crockett was led in scoring by Heather Scalf, who finished with 13.
The win secured the fifth seed for Boone in the girls’ district tournament, which was set to begin at Boone on Feb. 11.
The Blazers will matchup against the Big 8’s fourth seed, Sullivan South. Boone will have to win to continue their season.
The loss to Boone dropped the Lady Pioneers to 0-14 in the conference.
As a consolation prize, Crockett will open the district tournament against the Big 8’s best team, Science Hill on Feb. 11.
Boone outlasts
Despite a tremendous effort by the Pioneers, Boone escaped with a 63-56 win on senior night in Gray.
Crockett pushed the Blazers throughout, challenging Boone on both ends of the court.
A back-and-forth first quarter ended with Boone seizing the lead on a Ryan Gaitor three-pointer, which put the Blazers ahead 16-14.
Tyler Page exploded for the Pioneers in the second quarter, carrying Crockett with 10 points in the stanza.
But Boone was even better, stretching their advantage to seven by the half.
Crockett continued to make runs at the Blazers, cutting the deficit to five at the end of the third quarter.
The Pioneers further trimmed the gap in the fourth, pulling the Boone advantage to just two points.
But the Blazers answered, with a Gaitor steal and a Ryan Keever three-point play.
Free throws helped Boone put the game away in the final minute.
Dillon Reppart led the Blazers with 22 points, scoring 12 of those behind the arc. Gaitor added 19 in the win.
Tyler Page led Crockett with 22 points and Noah Leonard added 12 in the loss.
The win secured Boone with the three seed in the district tournament.
Crockett finished as the Big 8’s six seed.
The two will meet again in the first round of the district tournament where Crockett will have to play again at Boone against the hosting Blazers on Feb. 14.