By TREY WILLIAMS
The Daniel Boone girls basketball team jumped out to a 2-0 start in the Big Seven Conference last week with a win at Tennessee High and a home win against Volunteer.
The Trailblazers boys (1-1, 5-3) bounced back from a difficult 60-58 loss at Tennessee High to roll past Volunteer on Friday at Bobby Snyder Gym.
Senior Jaycie Jenkins had a solid week, which is usually the case whether she’s playing basketball or softball. The 5-foot-11 senior scored a game-high 18 points in a 61-28 win against Tennessee High and tallied a game-high 20 points in a 63-43 win against Volunteer.
Jenkins is versatile, and expanding her game with Bayleigh Carmichel now starting as a freshman at Trevecca Nazarene. Jenkins’ first field goal against Volunteer was a 3-pointer from the left wing.
“I feel a little bit more need to score because we will miss Bayleigh on offense,” Jenkins said. “So I’m trying to be more aggressive on offense.”
Jenkins also exploited Volunteer with interior moves, a mid-range jumper and a left-handed runner in transition after making a steal. She assisted a Savannah Jesse basket with a crowd-pleasing interior bounce-pass.
“She’s smart, very intelligent and she can shoot the ball well,” Volunteer coach Tyrone Smith said. “She can shoot inside-out. She’s a ballplayer.”
Boone also got a lift against the Falcons from senior Madi Runnels, who made three 3-pointers and scored 15 points.
“Madi showed up big, especially in the first half when we had a hard time finding a bucket from some people,” second-year Boone coach Beau Hauldren said. “She’s worked on her outside shooting and it’s really shown the last two games.”
Sophomore Camryn Sarvis added 10 points and was effective defensively against Volunteer guard Aliyah Crawley.
The ‘Blazers concluded the week with a 60-50 loss at Sullivan Central on Saturday. The talented Cougars scored the final 11 points. Wofford signee Abbey Crawford, a 6-foot-2 post, had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Jenkins scored 24 points for Boone, including 10-for-13 foul shooting.
Tennessee High’s Twin Towers, Nolan Wishon (15 points) and Blake Fauver (13), were too much for the Boone boys to overcome.
The Trailblazers’ Jared Adkins had tied the score at 58 on a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left, but McHale Bright hit a short jumper for the game-winner with five seconds remaining.
Adkins picked up where he left off by scoring 15 points in an 80-57 win against Volunteer on Friday. Senior post Colby Backus (18 points) and junior forward Cade Norris (13) also scored in double figures against the Falcons. Backus, an athletic, 6-foot-5, 210-pounder, scored a dozen while the ‘Blazers threw a knockout punch in the third quarter.
“We know what Colby’s capable of,” Boone coach Chris Brown said. “If we’re moving the ball and we’re sharing the basketball, he’s gonna get multiple touches. He’s really good in transition because he runs the floor. He gets a lot in transition.
“He’s physical. He’s tough. He plays so hard. That’s the one thing about Colby – he plays so hard.”
The balanced ‘Blazers also got nine points apiece from junior shooting guard Ayden Begley and 6-foot-3 sophomore swing man Nevada Goodwin against the Falcons.
“Begley’s been working hard in the weight room. He’s moving better,” Brown said. “We can go small. We can be a little bit big. They’re buying in to being unselfish. We’ve just gotta take care of the basketball. We’re still turning the basketball over entirely too much. If we can eliminate those things I think we’ll be tough.”
Norris scored 17 points against Tennessee High. Adkins added 10.
“We’re building some depth,” Brown said. “We’ve been going with nine consistently pretty much every game. We’ve got guys that can play. Obviously, it helps us, because it keeps us a little bit fresher.”