The Trailblazers, boosted by Lawson’s 22-point effort, held off the determined Pioneers in a 59-54 Big Seven Conference decision at Snyder Gym on Friday night.
“I told (Lawson) he had to go to the basket and be aggressive,” said Boone head coach Chris Brown. “I thought he changed the ballgame. He kicked it into a different gear, and we kind of fed off that.”
Said Lawson, “I got that first one to fall and then the second one, and then it just felt like the rim got bigger. And I just kept shooting it.”
A tough battle
“In a rivalry game, it’s going to be like that,” said Brown, whose team improved to 10-8 overall. “They’re not going away. We’re not going away.
“I thought they out-toughed us early in the first half and got a lot of loose balls. We talked about it at halftime, and our intensity picked up. We were a little more physical and got to more balls in the second half, especially on the glass.”
Eric Rigsby had 13 points and Chad Heglar added 12 to complement Lawson’s effort.
“When you’ve got those three, at any point one of them can get going,” said Brown. “And they look for each other, which is a good thing. They’re unselfish.”
Crockett led by one at halftime, 28-27, but Boone outscored the Pioneers 19-11 in the third quarter to take control.
Bright’s big night
McHale Bright did his best to give Crockett a shot. He matched Lawson’s output and eventually went beyond, finishing with 22 points and hitting four of Crockett’s eight 3-pointers.
Tee Johnson added 13 for the Crockett, which fell to 10-10 on the season.
Crockett is 3-3 in the Big Seven Conference while Boone is 2-2.
Boone 77, Crockett 36
Daniel Boone hadn’t played in almost a week, which was bad news for David Crockett.
The Lady Trailblazers burst out of the gates and the contest was basically over by halftime. Boone (15-4) outscored Crockett 21-7 in the first quarter and 22-4 in the second. The Lady Pioneers fell to 5-15.
Leading the way
Sydney Pearce and Jaycie Jenkins had their way in the paint. Pearce finished with 14 points while Jenkins chipped in with 12.
Pearce said the rivalry with Crockett played into the quick start.
“I feel like since they are a really big rival it always makes us play harder,” said Pearce. “I think we come together as a team and play a lot harder together.”
Boone is 4-0 in the Big Seven Conference.
Boone knocked down eight shots from behind the arc. Four Lady Trailblazers — Emily Sizemore, Jordyn Keefauver, Bailee Dye and Bayleigh Carmichel — each hit two.
Emma Gouge had a nice effort for the Lady Pioneers, finishing with 17 points. Kassie Lowe totaled 12 points and knocked down a trio of treys.