Boone sharpshooter Jared Adkins twice fired up potential game-tying 3-point shots within the last 15 seconds, but had them both rim out.
“I’m so proud of these guys,” Boone head coach Chris Brown said. “We had an emotional game Friday. We knew (Greeneville) was a good ball club and they have the record they do for a reason.
“Our group played with seven guys in the second half and they continued to fight through a lot of adversity,” he added. “We had our best shooter taking those shots and I’ll go to battle with him every time. He’s just gotta keep his head up. He’s a good ball player.”
PLAYING TWO DOWN
Boone played all of the second half without both Colby Backus and Chase McGonigle.
Backus appeared to have injured his shoulder. McGonigle left after he was hit hard in the nose.
“We’ll evaluate them when we get back,” Brown said.
Cade Norris helped them get back in the game by canning a 3-pointer with 1:44 left to play. Norris led the Trailblazers with 21 points on the night.
On the next two offensive possessions, Adkins became the go-to guy, hitting three free throws and then nailing a trey to bring the game to 69-67 with 42.9 seconds left. Boone had went on a 9-0 run in a matter of 62 seconds.
Adkins finished with 13 while Samuel Stroupe and Zach Saul each contributed 11.
The Trailblazers had cut what was an early 10-point lead down to two points (22-20) with 3:35 left in the second quarter, but the Greene Devils responded with a 15-4 run to close out the half.
The lead for Greeneville grew to as much as 20, but poor free-throw shooting and bad offensive possessions resulted in Boone being able to get back into the game.
Jakobi Gillespie led Greeneville with 20 points while Reid Satterfield threw in 14.
Micah Banks and Jaydon Manuel each had 11 for the Greene Devils and Connor DeBusk netted 10.
HONORING GEORGE CLEM SCHOOL
Greeneville wore commemorative jerseys during the boys and girls games to honor the historic George Clem School in Greeneville that was in operation from the late 1800s until 1965 that provided education for African American students.
There were several historic excerpts throughout the evening, including the Greeneville chorus performing the school’s alma mater in between games.
Several Wolverine alumni were in attendance.
Daniel Boone 60, Greeneville 45
The Lady Blazers scored the first 13 points of the game and Greeneville could never mount a comeback.
It was pure domination in the paint and on the glass by Boone. It also helped scoring 42 points in a half with one of Boone’s best offensive nights of the season.
“We played great on Friday and then we let them off on Saturday and Sunday,” Boone head coach Beau Hauldren said. “We had a little bit of a walk-through today since we were out for school and I didn’t know how we’d respond to that. I was very pleased.
“It showed for maybe the first time all year that we have an older and experienced team. They came out early and understood what we needed to do.”
Jaycie Jenkins finished with a game-high 22 points, but the Lady Blazers did a good job of sharing the load as Madi Runnels finished with 13 and Greyson Stevens scored 10.
“I was extremely pleased with Madi Runnels and Maddie Bunting pulling down some rebounds,” he said. “Everybody played well and we’ve just got to continue that.”
Hauldren believes this is a good indicator that his team might be turning the corner on offense.
“I told people early on that we were running this new stuff and everyone told me that it would take time,” Hauldren said. “Our girls are staying locked into it and our motto is that we don’t have to be really good until February. We’re starting to get there and we’re starting to understand a motion offense better.”
Lauren Bailey led Greeneville with 14 points.