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Pioneers wrap up conference with win over the Hilltoppers

After a loss to Dobyns-Bennett knocked the Pioneers out of the top spot in the Big 7, Crockett rebounded last week by closing out their conference schedule on a high note, first by capturing a 72-34 win against Volunteer on Jan. 27 and later in the week with a 61-51 win at Science Hill.
The Pioneers now have just a week left before the start of the conference tournament and will finish no worse than second place in the Big 7.
Following their 72-34 blowout win over the Falcons on Jan. 27, the Pioneers traveled to Johnson City in a matchup against Science Hill for second place in the conference and looking to avenge a 10-point loss to the Hilltoppers earlier in the season.
The Pioneers were forced to come from behind in the second half after trailing most of the first two quarters.
The Hilltoppers led by as much as seven points in the first half, including a 26-19 score with only two minutes left before halftime. But the Pioneers used a late second-quarter run to get within 29-27 by intermission.
The third quarter would be Crockett’s best of the game, where at one point they would use a 15-0 run to take a double-digit lead over Science Hill.
The Hilltoppers opened the quarter with a basket, to stretch their lead to four points, but Crockett responded with the run to charge ahead by 11 points.
Science Hill would close the quarter outscoring Crockett 6-4, but the Pioneers took a 46-37 advantage to the fourth quarter.
However, the large lead wouldn’t last long as Science Hill took off on an 11-0 run of their own in the fourth quarter to trim the Pioneer advantage to just one.
With the contest on the line, Crockett responded in the final minutes, especially at the free throw line silencing the Science Hill charge and capturing the 61-51 win.
Patrick Good was stellar for Crockett, scoring 24 points and nailing down 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the Pioneer win.
With only two games remaining on their regular season schedule, the Pioneers hold a 20-5 overall record with a 10-2 conference mark.
Preceding the boys’ contest, the Lady Pioneers and Lady Hilltoppers squared off for the second time this season with Science Hill coming out on top 76-34 to notch their sixth straight conference title.
Kasey Gordon led the Lady Pioneers with eight points, and Chelsea Lyninger chipped in for seven in the loss.