After the Boone girls romped 70-39, the boys won a game that was close most of the way. However, the Trailblazers used a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to upend the Chiefs 55-40.
“It’s important to win your home conference games,” Boone head coach Chris Brown said. “I like that we played a lot of guys tonight. We’re trying to get a rotation going. Crowder Jones played well and I’m excited about him."
The opening quarter was the real indicator that the game was going to be tight.
The size of Cherokee was contrasted by the five-guard offense of Boone. The Trailblazers’ quickness was a lethal weapon as the team jumped out to a 25-15 advantage. It was 25-18 at intermission.
The Chiefs came out of the half and almost immediately cut the lead to four points at 29-25. Chad Heglar, though, responded with his first points of the game on a driving layup that increased the lead back to five.
Boone standout Eric Rigsby got into a bit of foul trouble as he picked up his third foul about midway through the third quarter, but he responded with four quick points and pushed the lead back out to seven points. The third quarter was a wild one filled with a lot of back-and-forth, but the Chiefs drew no closer than four.
The fourth quarter was a much different story. Boone got hot and sprinted out to 19-point lead with four minutes remaining. As for the Chiefs, they had gone ice cold from the field and missed eight straight shots.
Rigsby led the ’Blazers, who were an uncharacteristic 2 of 13 from 3-point range, with 15 points while teammate Jared Lawson netted 10. Ryan Bledsoe topped Cherokee with 14.
Daniel Boone 70, Cherokee 39
Continuing their great run through the early season, the Lady Trailblazers made easy work of Cherokee.
Boone (7-1) jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead in the first quarter. It was fueled by a barrage of three-pointers as the ’Blazers made five in the opening period.
The second quarter was much of the same, but the inside game was more of an emphasis for Boone. The home team led at the half 39-21 behind nine points from Macie Culbertson.
Boone extended its lead coming out of the half, going up by 27 points (48-21). Culbertson took over in the third quarter and notched five quick points and assisted on three other baskets.
The fourth quarter was where Boone really started to pull away. The Lady ’Blazers did a great job on defense in the second half, limiting Cherokee to just 18 points.
Culbertson led the Boone by scoring 18, despite not getting to the foul line once all night. Jaycie Jenkins had a big night as well, netting 17.
Keely Henard led Cherokee with 11 points.