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Daniel Boone has its way with Cherokee, winning 61-36

Johnny Wilson • Dec 4, 2018 at 10:36 PM

GRAY — Four days after pouring in 35 points in a loss to David Crockett and two weeks removed from hanging 51 on South Doyle, Daniel Boone whiz Chad Heglar deferred to teammates Tuesday in a boys basketball win over Cherokee.

With their leader a bit off his game, the Trailblazers won by committee over the one-win Chiefs, rolling to a 61-36 Big Seven Conference victory.

"We came out with the mindset that we wanted to try to (substitute five players at a time) in terms of challenging our guys," Boone coach Chris Brown said. "I wasn't happy with Friday night (the loss to Crockett). I thought we needed to come out with more energy and effort, and there's no better way than taking people's playing time and see how the guys all respond.

"And we wanted to get Chad some rest. He didn't come out at all against Crockett and I think it hurt him at the end of the game, and that's on me."

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Boone (5-3) placed three players in double figures, led by Providence Academy transfer Colby Backus, a 6-foot-3 junior who scored a career-high 15 points off the bench and threw down a two-handed dunk in transition.

"He's new to our program and everything is new to him," Brown said. "But he plays so hard and he's athletic and there are things he can do.

"Once he learns the system he'll just continue to get better. I thought his energy was great."

Marshall Golden added 11 points for Boone and Jared Adkins kicked in 10.

"We talked that we've gotta be able to help (Heglar), but for us it starts on the defensive end," Brown said. "We're not real big but we've got some speed and quickness and we ought to be able to get after some teams defensively.

"I thought we kinda set the tone early with our defense."

CHIEFS STRUGGLE

Boone's full-court zone pressure produced six consecutive Cherokee turnovers in the second quarter, helping the Trailblazers gain a 33-17 edge at halftime.

Over the first 16 minutes, while committing nine turnovers, the Chiefs hit just 20 percent from the floor (6 of 30), with a number of misses from in close.

"Yeah, that helps," Brown said. "We finally started putting bodies on them and we did a better job rebounding after the first quarter."

Cherokee was led by the 10-point efforts of Braiyden Gilliam and Wyatt Watson, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound senior.

GIRLS

Daniel Boone 76, Cherokee 31

GRAY — The Lady Trailblazers notched another easy basketball win Tuesday night, running out to a 33-point halftime advantage before finishing off visiting Big Seven Conference rival Cherokee.

Maddi Runnels and Jaycie Jenkins both scored 17 points to pace Boone, which improved to 8-1 on the season. Teammate Bayleigh Carmichel added 10 points.

Cherokee (4-3) did not have a player score more than six points. The Chiefs trailed 46-13 at intermission.

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