By all rights handicapped after three proven athletes quit the team in mid-week, Crockett nonetheless rallied together Friday night and claimed a 69-60 Big Seven Conference road victory over rival Daniel Boone.
Crockett coach John Good could not contain his emotions afterward.
"Our kids were just resilient ..." the sixth-year mentor said, choking back tears the instant he spoke. "We played so hard and so very, very unselfish.
"This is our team right here in this locker room. We wish those other kids the best, but this is our team now. And this bunch right here got it done tonight."
Those no longer around missed out on a monumental Pioneer moment.
"Yes, they did," Good said. "I'm so proud of these kids in here, all of them."
The game was tight throughout, Crockett working with a slight edge much of the first three quarters before the teams headed into the final period tied at 45.
Mack Hensley, a 6-foot-1 junior, carried the Pioneers (4-2) to victory over the final eight minutes, pouring in 17 of his team-high 32 points.
"I hit a few early and it got me going," Hensley said. "It was important to all of us to show tonight that we could come together and overcome this adversity."
Hensley nailed a 3-point jumper and then followed with an old-fashioned three-point play, lifting Crockett from a 51-50 edge to a 57-52 lead at the 4:45 mark, and the Trailblazers (4-3) faded from there.
The hard-working Hensley made half of Crockett's 10 shots from behind the arc, while teammates Eric Dunbar and Mason Britton each bagged two 3s.
Boone coach Chris Brown credited Crockett point guard Dawson Wagner, a freshman with a mean crossover who scored 14 points, for being the difference.
"We couldn't stop the ball, couldn't guard the ball," Brown said. "We knew Crockett wanted to space the floor and shoot 3s. We knew we had to stop their point guard from penetrating and kicking out, but he just did a phenomenal job of controlling the game - and he's just a freshman. All the credit to him."
Boone (4-3) was led by the 35-point explosion of Chad Heglar, a 6-foot-4 swingman who hit three 3s and dunked twice. But the senior had little help.
"We respect Coach Brown and his program and we knew it would be a battle having to contain Heglar, who's one of the better players in the area," Good said. "But everyone on this team stepped up tonight to make this happen."
The Lady Trailblazers waltzed to their seventh win in eight outings by blowing out David Crockett, 73-38, in a Big Seven Conference girls game.
Boone led 21-7 after one quarter and 44-19 at halftime.
The Blazers placed three players in double figures, led by Jaycie Jenkins' 23-point outing. Bayleigh Carmichel added 16 for Boone, McKenna Dietz 13.
No one for visiting Crockett (2-5) scored more than seven points.