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Big 7 thriller: 'Blazers work double overtime to down Crockett

Johnny Wilson • Jan 17, 2020 at 11:21 PM

Daniel Boone and David Crockett produced one of those it's-too-bad-somebody-had-to-lose Big 7 Conference boys basketball games Friday night, a double-overtime affair that could have gone either way.

In the end, Boone simply made plays when they were magnified most, and the visiting Trailblazers claimed a 67-62 come-from-behind win over their rivals.

Crockett clearly outplayed its guest over the first 16 minutes — particularly on the defensive end — and led 34-24 at intermission, but Boone (10-6, 3-3) turned the tables in the second half, playing a little defense of its own.

Shutting out Crockett (12-8, 3-3) on its first nine possessions of the second half by upping their trapping, full-court pressure, the 'Blazers scored the initial 13 points of the third quarter to gain a sudden 37-34 edge.

It was anybody's game after that.

"I thought both teams played hard and it was a great game," said Crockett coach Cody Connell. "At the end of the day that's just what it was, a great game that could have gone either way.

"They hit some big shots early in the second half to get them back in it."

And, later, hard-working Cade Norris converted a follow shot at the end of the first overtime, extending the game another four minutes when his desperate five-foot baby hook found its way home at the buzzer, knotting the score at 59.

"Cade just had a great rebound and put-back there," Connell said. "Nothing we could do about it."

Boone coach Chris Brown was certainly happy to get the W.

"To win on the road in this conference and in this rivalry game, that's big," Brown said. "We told them (at halftime) to do the things we do in practice — the things that we did NOT do in the first half. Let's play the way we're capable.

"We came out and went to our matchup zone to start the second half to try and slow them down from getting in the lane. Sometimes if you can make teams slow down and have to think ... I just thought that was big for us."

In the second overtime, Norris scored twice on strong baseline moves before Jared Atkins and Chase McGonigle each hit both ends of one-and-one free throws, as Boone overcame a 61-59 deficit by finishing the game on an 8-1 run.

Atkins led the balanced Trailblazers with 19 points, hitting four 3-point shots. Colby Backus was a horse inside and scored 17 for Boone, while Norris was opportunistic all evening and added 15 points.

In addition, Zach Saul scored seven huge points for Boone just as the 'Blazers wiped out their 10-point deficit to begin the second half.

The Pioneers were led by the 19-point game of Mason Britton. Teammates Donta Hackler and Mack Hensley each kicked in 14 for equally balanced Crockett.


Daniel Boone methodically took care of business in the girls game, running away to a satisfying 49-28 victory over its rival.

The Trailblazers (9-8, 4-2) moved into sole possession of third place in the Big 7 with the victory, convincingly taking care of the Pioneers (11-10, 3-3). Boone led 13-7 after one period, 22-18 at halftime and 34-22 after the third quarter, finally pulling away over the last eight minutes.

"David Crockett High School has a great team. Coach Tony Gordon has done a great job and they've got great players," said Daniel Boone coach Beau Hauldren. "But we played hard tonight, and we played extremely good defense.

"I thought we showed like we wanted to be here."

The Boone locker room was certainly joyous.

"Couple weeks ago we got drummed by Science Hill by 38 or 40," Hauldren said. "And then last Friday we lost a real good one by one point to Dobyns-Bennett. So we were hurting.

"We sure needed this win and it's good to know we were happy about getting it."

Jaycie Jenkins led the winners with 16 points, while Madi Runnels notched 13.

Crockett was led by the eight-point outings of Emily Trivette and Emma Gouge.

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