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Pair of big runs spark Pioneers in win over Falcons

Tanner Cook • Jan 24, 2020 at 11:16 PM

CHURCH HILL — Down by 10 points in the second quarter, David Crockett went on a tear over the next 12 minutes to roll to a 77-52 Big Seven Conference boys basketball victory at Volunteer on Friday night.

The Pioneers netted 27 points in the third quarter, outscoring the Falcons 44-20 overall in the second half.

Dawson Wagner showed the way with a game-high 21 points for Crockett while Eric Dunbar and Mason Britton finished in double-figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively. Jake Gaffney hauled in 12 rebounds.

“I hated how we started,” Crockett head coach Cody Connell said. “They made eight of their first 10 shots and only missed four in the first half. Then we started to hit some shots and our defense locked down in the second half.”

Crockett found itself down 29-19 with just over four minutes left in the first half, then went on a torrid 14-3 run to grab a 33-32 lead at halftime.

Volunteer kept it close the first four minutes of the third quarter, trailing only 45-38 with 4:15 left in the period.

Out of the timeout, Crockett went on an 11-0 run to blow the game open.

Garrison Barrett led the Falcons with 12 points, with eight of those coming before halftime.

“Our guys battled back from down 10 to go up 25 and that was huge,” Connell said. “The first three minutes of the game and the first three minutes of the second half are really important. I thought our guys did what they were supposed to do and we pushed the ball a lot in transition.”

At halftime of the game, senior Tinsley Whalen was named Volunteer “All-Sports” Queen.

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Volunteer 52, David Crockett 40

Kenady Knittel hit five shots from 3-point range in a 23-point effort to lead the Lady Falcons over the Lady Pioneers.

Volunteer came out hot early, scoring the first six points of the game and locking Crockett down on the defensive end. The Lady Pioneers didn’t score until 3:37 left in the opening quarter and struggled all night offensively.

“We needed that bad, man. That was a huge bounce-back for us,” Volunteer head coach Tyrone Smith said. “It was like completely night and day for us scoring just five points in the second half (of our last game) to this. … Tonight was big for Kenady. She hadn’t made a three in the last two games and she had been in a slump. The good thing about it is that her teammates encourage her to keep shooting. That’s what the Lady Falcons are — we are a family.”

Volunteer stayed hot and put the pressure on with a good shooting performance from the perimeter in the second quarter. Knittel canned three 3-pointers in the half and Atlee Dean capped off the period by making a buzzer-beater trey from the right wing.

The defense has been there for Volunteer over the last few games, but they have been unable to score in bunches. On Friday, it seemed to all come together as Dean and Aliyah Crawley each scored nine points.

No one scored in double-figures for the Lady Pioneers as Emily Trivette led the way with nine points.

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