Daniel Boone’s girls had no such problems Wednesday night, doubling up Tennessee High by a 46-23 count in District 1-AAA play at Bobby Snyder Gym.
The seventh-seeded Vikings (8-21) had pulled a mild upset on Monday night, beating No. 6 Volunteer on the road in the tournament's play-in game. And that was enough to get the attention of first-year Boone coach Beau Hauldron.
Third-seeded Boone (21-9) had whipped THS by 40 and 23 points this season.
"Of course, (Tennessee High's) Kim (Bright) is a great coach and she knows what she's doing," Hauldron said. "She's doing things right down there and they've gotten better all year long.
"I went and watched them play, Monday I guess is when it was, The intensity was high, it was a tournament game and they played hard."
CARMICHEL LEADS 'EM
The Trailblazers wasted no time in gaining control of this one, riding the veteran shoulders of Bayleigh Carmichel to run out to a 14-6 edge after one period.
Carmichel scored seven of her game-high 11 points in the first quarter.
"(Number) 30 helped us there early," Hauldron said in reference to Carmichel. "When she gets going early, it's hard for teams to match that up."
Boone ended all suspense by halftime, owning a 26-8 lead at intermission after THS committed six turnovers and missed 11 of 11 shots in the second quarter.
The Blazers had a 41-10 advantage midway through the third period.
"We talked a lot before the game that we had to get steals and score off our press defense," said Hauldron, who got eight points apiece from Kayla Gibson and Jaycie Jenkins. "And we did a great job of making sure we went and trapped hard and we rotated better out of it."
The defending District 1-AAA and Region 1-AAA champion, Boone will host second-seeded Science Hill at 7:30 Friday night. Regardless of the outcome of that one, the Trailblazers have now qualified for region play next week.
THS, which got eight points from LynLeigh Rhodes, saw its season end.