Ryan Gaitor scored 28 points as Daniel Boone awoke from a first-half offensive slumber to win 68-59 at David Crockett on Tuesday night.
Down 27-22 at halftime, the trio of Dillon Reppart, Jordan Stout and Jacob Littleton were held to just three points over those first two quarters. They responded with 23 points in the second half as the ‘Blazers improved to 3-3 in the Big Eight Conference and 13-6 overall.
“With Boone and Crockett, you throw out the records. You know it’s going to be a tough game,” said Boone head coach Ryan Arnold, who also got a 14-point effort from Aaron Shelton. “I’ve been sick nervous all day because you know when you come over here it’s going to be tough. They did a great job taking us out of what we do in the first half. But, the second half, we manned up and kept it out of their big players’ hands and did a great job with our help-side defense.”
The Pioneers (2-4, 7-11), who were still within five points with a minute to go, had three players in double figures led by Tyler Page with 14 points. Heath Ricker made three shots behind the 3-point line to score 12 points, and Noah Leonard ended with 10 points.
Crockett head coach Richard Tarlton liked the execution of the game plan in the first half and also the improvement of his young team from the first of the season.
“We just tried to be patient and control the pace in the first half,” Tarlton said. “We controlled the tempo, played good defense and did everything we wanted to do. The second half, we got in a little foul trouble and didn’t played as well defensively.
“We were coming off a couple of wins and we’ve played pretty good basketball for the most part. Even tonight in the loss, I saw a team that battled start to finish with one of the better teams in our conference.”
Gaitor was ultimately the difference-maker. The senior guard battled through foul trouble to be Boone’s most consistent scorer throughout the game.
“The last month, he’s matured so much,” Arnold said. “I’m so happy for him and the way he’s playing. His attitude and his focus, good things are happening because of that. He’s focused in practice, focused in games. I’m glad he’s wearing a Boone jersey a couple more months.”
Daniel Boone (girls) 74
David Crockett 43
Jenny Snyder tallied 22 points and seven rebounds leading the Lady ‘Blazers (2-4, 10-8) to the big win over the Lady Pioneers (0-5, 1-16).
Boone led 22-7 at the end of one quarter and 40-21 at the half. The Lady ‘Blazers then scored the first 18 points of the third quarter to put the game completely out of reach.
“It was a good effort,” Boone head coach Travis Mains said. “The kids played hard. The third quarter, that’s how we were playing in our Christmas tournament. It was good to see us come back to life. With four girls in double figures, we had more assists than we’ve had. We did a good job sharing the ball tonight.”
Allison Littleton, Autumn Bradshaw and Jaclyn Jenkins each finished with 10 points for Boone, which held a 35-20 rebounding advantage.
Heather Scalf had 16 points for the Lady Pioneers in the loss.