Jaclyn Jenkins didn’t score a single point in the Daniel Boone girls’ win over Smith County on Thursday night, but she made the biggest play of the game.
Smith County guard Callie Hackett was driving to the basket for a go-ahead basket with 15 seconds left when Boone’s talented freshman swooped in with a crucial block to give the ball back to the Lady ’Blazers.
The defensive play led to Boone hanging on for a 46-43 win over the Lady Owls in Thursday’s late quarterfinal of the Johnson City Honda Invitational at Bobby Snyder Gymnasium.
“That 24 (Hackett) is a good player,” Boone head coach Travis Mains said. “She got by us, but Jaclyn was there to make a big play. She’s solid, someone who has played a lot of sports and is good at everything she does. She came up big for us.”
Jenny Snyder knocked down a pair of free throws with seven seconds left, and Smith County’s Raven Wright missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final score.
Boone had taken a seven-point lead earlier in the fourth quarter after back-to-back 3-point goals by Katelyn Cox and Taylor Carmichael. Those points were critical in holding off the Lady Owls, who stormed back with six straight points.
“It was different people (stepping up) tonight,” Mains said. “Last night, it was someone else. Tonight, it was Katelyn and Taylor. We have 14 players and all of them can play. Good teams have different people step up every night.”
Cox led Boone with 13 points, whiel Carmichael and Snyder each finished with eight.
Hackett led all scorers with a 24-point performance.
After tough wins over Unicoi County and Smith County on consecutive nights, Boone will now face Dobyns-Bennett in tonight’s semifinal round.
Dorothy Dugger, who went over 1,500 points for her high school career in a Wednesday win over Sullivan South, scored 22 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs over the Lady Chiefs in the day’s first quarterfinal.
Monica Olvera scored 11 of Hampton’s first 13 points. She finished with 16 points, and fellow guard Alexis Bowers dished out 12 assists.
Hampton head coach Leon Tolley said his team getting out to an early 17-4 advantage was crucial, especially after his team had to rally from 12 points down to beat Sullivan South in Wednesday’s opening round.
“That’s what we talked about before the game was getting a fast start against their zone,” Tolley said. “I thought Sullivan East looked a little hesitant (against them) Wednesday. Luckily, Mo (Monica Olvera) made a few for us early and got us a little lead where we could play from there.”
Pattie Taylor had an 18-point, seven-rebound performance to lead the Lady Chiefs.
Sevier County 39
The Lady Indians used a pair of big runs to get past the Lady Bears.
Dobyns-Bennett opened the game on a 14-2 run. After Sevier County closed the margin to eight points at the half, the Lady Indians pulled away with a 13-2 run over the first seven minutes of the third quarter.
Sasha Morrisette led Dobyns-Bennett with a game-high 22 points. Courtney Depew and Cyndee Morrisette each ended with nine points, and Depew collected a team-best eight rebounds.
Brittany Tarr led Sevier County with 15 points.
Johnson County 45
The Lady Eagles held off a furious Johnson County rally in the second quarterfinal.
Seymour jumped out to a 24-6 lead at the end of one quarter and maintained a double-digit lead over the next two quarters. However, the Lady Longhorns rallied from a 38-26 deficit heading into the final period to only trail 45-43 after Mary Taylor’s free throws with 1:45 to go.
The Lady Eagles, who were led by Victoria Nelson with 13 points, held on for the victory and a date with Hampton in today’s semifinals.
Mariah Flynn added a dozen points for Seymour and Kasey Norman came through with 11.
Johnson County’s Brionna Reece led all scorers with 18 points. Brooke Brown scored 13 and Sarah Swift had 12 for the Lady Longhorns.
Unicoi County 73
Destinie Hayes tallied 22 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Lady Devils over the Lady Rangers.
“She’s coming along for us,” Unicoi County head coach Kerri King said. “She works so hard and rebounds like crazy. I was glad to see her get that double-double tonight.”
Hayes accomplished the feat by halftime with 13 points and 10 rebounds as Unicoi held a 34-22 advantage. The Lady Devils blew the game open with a stretch of 19 unanswered points in the third quarter.
“I thought Tiffany (Laughren) did a good job of leading us through that stretch and making good decisions,” King said. “We started pushing the pace a little more. I thought we were holding back a little in the first half.”
Emily Edwards scored 15 points and Whitley True added 13 for Unicoi County.
Brandi Ensor paced Unaka with a 15-point effort.
Gate City, Va. 65
David Crockett 34
Jordan Gose scored the first eight points for the Lady Devils, who opened the game on a 16-2 run to easily dismiss the Lady Pioneers.
Gose had 18 in the first half as Gate City held a 42-13 halftime lead. Gose ended with 20 for the game, while Jordan Housewright tallied 11 points and Morgan Gose added 10.
Madison Grindstaff had 11 points for Crockett in the loss.
Sullivan East 69
Sullivan South 64
Brandy Watkins hit seven straight free throws down the stretch to allow the Lady Patriots (12-5) to hold off the Lady Rebels (10-4).
Savanna Summers led East in scoring with 24 points. Ashlee Minor and Watkins both ended with 10 points.
Kayla Tipton was the leading scorer for South with 16 points. Morgan Seymore tallied 13 points, while Brayden Hutchins and Taylor Crawford each finished with 10 points.
Two of South’s four losses this season have come at the hands of the Lady Patriots.
Sullivan Central 43
The Lady Cougars (3-12) held a commanding 27-9 lead at the half, but had to hang on after the Lady Cherokees clawed their way back in.
Sydney Norwood led Central with 21 points and Ashley Reynolds chimed in with 10. Sarah Rhyne scored 15 for Greenback, which was coached by former Tennessee High and University of Tennessee standout Courtney McDaniel.