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Season comes to end for Lady Trailblazers

The Daniel Boone High School Lady Trailblazers watched their season come to an end in Morristown on Feb. 24 at the hands of the District 2AA Champion Lady Hurricanes, who beat Boone 65-35.
The Lady Blazers remained the last of the Washington County basketball teams in the postseason following last week’s district basketball tournament.
Boone finished the season at 18-12. The loss against Morristown East also was the final game for four Boone seniors.
Boone fizzles in third place game
With a spot in the region already secure, the Lady Blazers took to the court in Blountville on Feb. 20 for the third place game in the district tournament against Sullivan South.
The Lady Rebels finished the season at just 6-8 in the conference, playing their best basketball of the season in the district as a five seed after upsetting Volunteer in the first round.
South continued its impressive late season run opening the first quarter with a 12-4 advantage over a struggling Boone squad.
When the Blazers were finally able to find their offense in the second, the defensive struggles began mounting with the Lady Rebels scoring 19 in the second to take a commanding 31-18 advantage to the half.
The Lady Blazers comeback bid took another shot in the third quarter as South’s Courtney McKenzie scored eight of her game high 15 points in the stanza, six of which coming on back-to-back-to-back possessions, pushing the South lead over 20 points.
Boone entered the fourth quarter behind 51-26.
While the Lady Blazers put their best effort forward in the game’s final eight minutes, the Rebels margin was too great to overcome.
Boone outscored South 20-8 in the final quarter, which would prove too little too late in the 59-46 loss.
The Trailblazers didn’t have a player reach double-figures in points, but senior Natalie Sheffey led the way with nine. Jenny Snyder chipped in for seven.
The loss pushed Boone to a fourth place finish in the district and set up a region match against District 2 winner, Morristown East.
Boone’s season ends in Morristown
The Lady Blazers opened the regional tournament in Morristown on Feb. 24 against District 2 champion, Morristown East (27-4).
While Boone hoped an upset was on schedule for the night, that effort was thwarted by the Lady Hurricanes Big 3.
Kendi King and Jordan Hayes each scored 12 points and Gaby Gilmore added 11 to lead East past the Blazers 65-35.
The Lady Blazers couldn’t stop the Hurricane offense in the first half as East tallied 21 first quarter points and 18 in the second to grab a 39-23 advantage through the first 16 minutes of the contest.
Boone was able to slow East in the second half, but the Lady Blazers offense went awry, as the combined for just 12 points in the second quarter.
The East win was never really in doubt as they coasted to victory in the final quarter, outscoring Boone 14-4.
The Lady Blazers only had one player reach double-figures with Sheffey scoring 11 on the night.
Snyder finished with six points for Boone and Jordan Bacon added five points on the night.
The loss finished the basketball careers at Boone for seniors Sheffey, Bacon, Casey Coggins and Jessie Wheelock.