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Senior Send-off: County schools sweep senior night and Big Seven Conference

The 2015 basketball regular season has come to an end and one thing was evident: Washington County was dominant. The David Crockett boys finished a perfect Big 7 season and the Daniel Boone Lady Blazers claimed the girls crown with only one loss in conference play.
“That is pretty awesome to have the championships in Washington County,” Daniel Boone girls coach Travis Mains said.
His Lady Trailblazers finished off the season with a big 74-34 win over Tennessee High which sealed off their first Big 7 championship in over a decade. On the boys side Boone took a 62-55 win to finish in third place in the Big 7. They will play tonight against Sullivan Central at 7:30 p.m in the district tournament.
The Pioneers also went out winners on Senior Night as the boys scored a 78-35 win over Volunteer, while the Lady Pioneers took a 46-31 win over the Lady Falcons. It was the first time that the Lady Pioneers had taken their final regular season home contest under their current coach Mary Story.
“I’ve been here five years and we’ve never won a senior night,” he said. “I’m proud of that. We did some good things during the game.”
Now all eyes will be on the district tournament, as the Lady Pioneers and Blazers will have to win their first round matchups in order to qualify for region play. The Lady Pioneers were up first, as they played Dobyns-Bennett on Tuesday.
During their last match-up on Feb. 8, Crockett lost a late lead to fall 41-39.
“We know that we can play with them, but we have to play a complete game to beat them,” Story said.
The Boone boys are focused on their journey ahead.
“It’s the start of a new season,” senior Alex Percell said. “Our coaches have prepared us very well and we are confident. We hope to continue our basketball journey as long as we can.”
A win against Central will match the Blazers up with rival David Crockett in the conference tournament semi-finals. The Pioneers also have the same mentality going into the tournament.
“We just have to take it one game at a time, we can’t think about the state tournament, sub state or anything, we just have to worry about the first game in the district semifinals,” Patrick Good said. “We have to come into every game just worried about the opponent that we are going to play.”
The Lady Blazers have been peaking at the right time, according to their coach, and they have won 10 of their last 11 games.
“We have really good chemistry, all of the kids get along really well. They don’t really care who gets the accolades, they just want to win,” Mains said. “They like to win more than they like to score or get their names in the paper.”
Boone has won 10 of their last 11 games.
The Crockett boys have been on a similar roll, suffering the last loss on New Year’s Eve. The core group of six seniors have done more than just win games this season.
“They’ve laid a foundation here, they’ve changed the community, they’ve changed the school and they have made Crockett a cool place to be at,” David Crockett coach John Good said. “And it’s obvious by the crowds that come and watch them play, they do things the right way.”