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Regionals: Boone gets bounced by Science Hill

Last season, the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone High School were one of only 16 teams left vying for a basketball state championship.
On their way to entry into the sub-state round, the Blazers met Science Hill in the regional tournament, eliminating the Hilltoppers from the postseason.
On March 1, the two teams met again in the regional semifinals, where a win would gain one team entry into the sub-state round while the losing team’s season would come to a halt.
This time it was Science Hill’s turn to play spoiler in a 93-63 rout of the Blazers.
In front of a capacity crowd at Science Hill, the Blazers opened the contest appearing poised to once again knock the talented Hilltoppers (33-3) out of the postseason, jumping to a 13-6 lead behind the physical play of the red-and-yellow-clad Blazers.
The Hilltoppers responded at the midway point in the opening quarter, drilling back-to-back three-pointers to take a one- point advantage which opened up an onslaught of Hilltopper baskets.
In the midst of the run, TSSAA officials made one of the more questionable calls Boone has seen all season.
After a collision for a loose ball, in which a pile up ensued, a huddle of officials at center court resulted in the ejection of the Blazers best defensive player, Ryan Gaitor.
The Blazer bench was puzzled by the decision, one that was not any clearer from the stands.
With Gaitor out of the game, the athletic Science Hill guards took advantage, finishing the first quarter with a 23-15 lead.
The Toppers used a flurry of three-pointers to push the lead to 18 at intermission. Science Hill finished with nine three-pointers for the game.
Led by their experienced seniors, the Blazers wouldn’t go away.
Austin Reppart drilled three long balls in the early minutes of the third quarter to cut the Topper lead to just 11 points and give the Blazers some hope, but Science Hill was focused and ready to exact revenge from a season ago following a momentum-stopping timeout.
The Toppers put together another run from there, taking a 28-point lead into the final eight minutes. A sloppy fourth quarter ended with the Toppers putting in their reserves in the final minutes, finishing with an even 30-point win.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Hilltoppers who definitely took advantage of the Gaitor fiasco in the first quarter.
Boone was led offensively by Travis Keever who scored 21 points. Reppart finished with 16, and Hayden Chandley added 11.
Boone finishes the season with a 22-11 record. Four of Boone’s starting five were seniors and played their last game for the Blazers.