For Daniel Boone, a runaway second half made a short memory of the first two quarters.
The Lady Trailblazers (27-4) won their 19th straight game, topping Sevier County 57-34 in the Region 1-AAA basketball quarterfinals at Snyder Gym on Friday night.
Boone advanced to Monday’s semifinals at Jefferson County, where it will take on postseason rival Morristown West at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Trojans (23-3) earned their spot with a 78-47 whipping of injury-riddled Science Hill.
Boone defeated West 51-50 in mid-January. Lady Trailblazers’ head coach Travis Mains said his team needs to reset itself and watch film of the Lady Trojans.
“They need to watch the first three quarters where we dominated the game, and watch the last quarter where they got back in the game,” said Mains.
Boone didn’t find a rhythm in the first half, and Sevier County scored enough to make it matter. The Lady Trailblazers led at halftime, but it was by a scant 21-18 margin.
“They handled the ball better than what I saw earlier last week,” said Mains. “And offensively we weren’t moving. Their zone works pretty good when you don’t move.”
Bayleigh Carmichel led Boone with 13 points and also added four assists. She said she and her teammates might have been a little rusty.
“We hadn’t played in a week,” said Carmichel. “It’s kind of hard to get back in a rhythm sometimes. In the first half we weren’t playing selfish, but we weren’t getting as many assists as we like. In the second half we passed the ball better and got some open looks.”
FINDING A PATH
Boone took control in the third quarter, combining better shooting with pressure defense that led to turnovers.
“It was the steals and getting rebounds,” said Mains. “We started winning the rebound battle and that had a lot to do with getting us going.”
Boone outscored Sevier County 21-5 in the third quarter to put the game away.
Sydney Pearce complimented Carmichel with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Jaycie Jenkins had a nice evening with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Macie Culbertson added eight points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals. Emily Sizemore totaled eight points and three steals.
For Sevier County, Savanah Fox had 11 points and five rebounds. Makenna Loveday added 10 points. Faith Muse totaled nine rebounds.
Mains said he thinks his players might have been thinking a little too soon about the Lady Trojans.
“They were all looking ahead,” said Mains. “They played well enough to be in the lead at halftime. It’s good to have good players.”