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Trailblazers top Pioneers at Crockett

Boone’s Cade Norris goes for a shot during the double-overtime game against Washington County rival, David Crockett. Norris sent the game into second overtime where the Trailblazers earned the 67-62 victory. (Photos by Collin Brooks)

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Daniel Boone worked two overtime shifts to complete a sweep at David Crockett on Friday after the Boone girls made surprisingly quick work of the Pioneers.

Junior Cade Norris’ buzzer-beating baby hook forced a second overtime and Boone outlasted its Washington County rival for a 67-62 double-OT triumph. In the opener, Jaycie Jenkins had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as the Boone girls rolled to a surprising 49-28 romp.

Norris’ hurried stick-back, which came while looking like a right-handed Bob Lanier, came from near the rim in the middle of the lane.

The ball went through the net while the buzzer sounded and Boone’s bench exploded. Norris proceeded to score the Trailblazers’ first four points of the second OT.

“When the shot went up I knew that normally teams don’t box out at the end of games and I got the rebound and just tried to get the ball up,” Norris said. “It felt great. The win felt even better.

“They play hard. But we outplayed ‘em tonight and got the win.”

Boone improved to 3-3 in the Big Seven Conference and 10-6 overall. The Pioneers (12-8) are also 3-3 in the league.

Boone’s Jaycie Jenkins battles against Crockett’s Emma Gouge.

Guard Jared Atkins led Boone with 19 points and made four of its six 3-pointers. He hit two free throws with 37.5 seconds remaining in the second OT to extend the Trailblazers’ lead to 65-62.

Chase McGonigle added two free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining to seal the victory after an epic clash that featured many bodies crashing to the court and a late technical foul assessed to Boone coach Chris Brown after Norris was whistled for a charge.

“In this kind of game, back and forth, adversity everywhere, and to be tough enough to make plays – that’s what it’s about,” Brown said. “We made some big free throws there. You look at the scoreboard; double overtime – you hate for somebody to lose. Awesome game. Great environment. It’s what a rivalry game should be about. I’m just extremely proud of our guys.”

Post Colby Backus and Norris scored 17 and 15, respectively, for Boone.

Mason Britton piled up 19 points and 14 rebounds for Crockett. The junior wing hit four 3-pointers, one of which gave the Pioneers a 59-57 lead with 23 seconds left in the first overtime.

“He played a heck of a ballgame,” Crockett coach Cody Connell said. “He kept his head in the ballgame the whole time. I thought he played great, knocked down some big-time shots.”

Seniors Mack Hensley and Donta Hackler scored 14 points apiece for the Pioneers. Point guard Dawson Wagner added nine.

Crockett built a 34-24 halftime lead. Boone’s matchup zone defense frequently flustered the Pioneers in the second half and the Trailblazers opened the third quarter on a 13-0 run. Zach Saul’s mid-range turnaround capped it, giving the ‘Blazers a 37-34 lead with 3:11 left in the quarter.

“They came out and made some good adjustments at halftime,” Connell said. “And they came out hot. … I thought we played good. I can’t complain about my guys. They battled. They played hard. They made a lot of shots tonight. We just didn’t make the one at the end that mattered.”

The girls game looked like it’d be a wire job, too.

Boone (4-2, 9-8) led 22-18 at half, which was somewhat surprising when considering the ‘Blazers had lost 68-30 the previous week to a Science Hill team that Crockett took to double OT three days later.

But Emily Trivette’s 3-pointer 30 seconds after intermission was the Pioneers’ only field goal of the second half.

“They hit one field goal in the second half,” Boone coach Beau Hauldren said. “I’m happy for ‘em. We got drilled by Science Hill and then go and lose a tough one at Dobyns-Bennett. And everybody sees what Crockett did with Science Hill, taking them to double overtime on Friday night. Probably for the first time in a long time, people probably thought we were the underdog coming in here. Definitely a little chip on the shoulder.”

Jenkins continued to shoulder the load. Along with her double-double and five steals, the senior tallied three assists and a block.

Madi Runnels scored 13 points and blocked two shots. Kayla Gibson scored eight points for Boone, while Savannah Jessee had seven rebounds and Greyson Stevens tallied a team-high four assists.

“Their length at every position really bothered us,” Crockett coach Tony Gordon said. “And I thought they did an excellent job defending and, obviously, rebounding. We missed 32 shots tonight and we had three offensive rebounds. And that’s a credit to them. … They were just better tonight.”

Trivette and Emma Gouge scored eight points apiece for Crockett (3-3, 12-10), which bounced back with a 52-38 win against Knox Catholic at home on Saturday.