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Fast starts key one-sided win for 'Blazers; Boone girls win defensive struggle

Tanner Cook • Updated Jan 21, 2020 at 10:01 PM

CHURCH HILL—There was no sluggish start for the Daniel Boone boys basketball team during Tuesday night’s Big Seven Conference road matchup against Volunteer.

The Trailblazers came out of the locker room to start the game and after halftime with authority and won going away, 77-52.

Boone started the game with a 13-5 charge and produced a 10-1 run to begin the third quarter, essentially putting the game away.

“The whole key to this game was getting off to a good start,” Boone head coach Chris Brown said. “We were pretty jazzed up. This group has fun playing together and I thought we set the tone defensively early. We got out and made some easy ones to start. It makes it easier to see the ball go through the net early.”

Boone put four players in double figures, which was a testament to how well the offense was clicking. Jared Adkins poured in 20 points while Colby Backus had 18. Cade Norris and Samuel Stroupe netted 14 and 12, respectively.

The ’Blazers used a strong transition game, a solid outside shooting night and a little more strength in the paint.

“We were extremely unselfish today and we finally put four quarters together,” Brown said. “We had great defensive pressure and what we want to do is speed the game up because we have some guys that can make plays.”

Even though the Falcons have taken their lumps this season, the youth started to show some bright spots against a tough Boone team.

Eli Amyx led Volunteer with 10 points and freshman Andrew Knittel contributed seven.

Girls

Daniel Boone 36, Volunteer 20

Defense was the name of the game in the first half of Tuesday night’s twinbill.

The Lady ’Blazers finally broke the mold of the Volunteer defense at the start of the final period, going on an 11-0 run to gain a 32-18 lead. Boone was able to cruise in, outscoring Volunteer 15-2 over the final eight minutes and holding the Lady Falcons without a field in that time as well.

Savannah Jessee led Boone with 11 points while Jenkins was held to nine.

“It was a quick turnaround today and we weren’t ready to go,” Boone head coach Beau Hauldren said. “It’s not the first time we’ve seen a box-and-one defense all year. We just didn’t run any good offense against it. We talked about it at halftime and we have to be able to guard every single night no matter if the offense is working or not. That’s what we had to do here and I’m proud of the defensive effort.”

Volunteer got off to a good start, leading 11-8 after the first quarter. The Lady ’Blazers turned up the defense after the opening period and smothered the undersized Lady Falcons.

Boone grabbed a 16-15 halftime lead. Neither team had a sparkling third quarter, but the Lady ’Blazers went on a 5-0 run after Volunteer tied the game at 16 with 2:33 left in the period. Volunteer somehow managed to stay in the game after having scored a combined seven points in the second and third quarters.

Volunteer’s Aliyah Crawley had seven points to lead the Lady Falcons.

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