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Daniel Boone pulls away from Tennessee High

Tanner Cook • Jan 28, 2020 at 10:22 PM

GRAY — A five-point halftime lead turned into a 21-point Big Seven Conference romp over Tennessee High on Tuesday night.

Daniel Boone won the boys basketball game inside Bobby Snyder Gymnasium, 91-70.

The Trailblazers made six consecutive shots in a span of about three minutes and it spurred a 13-2 run that put them on top by 11 at 49-38. Coach Chris Brown’s squad virtually could not miss in the second half, when Boone sank 22 of 34 attempts (64.7%).

Chase McGonigle had quite a fourth quarter for Boone, netting five consecutive 3-pointers to finish with24 points.

“When he gets going, he can really shoot the ball,” Brown said of the senior shooting guard “When he hits a few, we want him to keep shooting. I’ve had a few players that are like that when they get going and it’s fun to watch.”

Colby Backus led Boone with a game-high 25. Jared Adkins contributed 17 and Cade Norris netted 16.

“When we got it going and when Chase got it going, it was fun to watch,” Brown said. “The main thing we said was to keep going and not slow down. We wanted to speed up the game. … I just want to thank the students because we actually had a little bit of a home-court advantage tonight when we got going.”

McHale Bright had 20 for Tennessee High while Blake Fauver had 12 and Nolan Wishon went for 11.

Boone blasted the Vikings in the fourth quarter, working for an impressive 34 points. It scored 34 points total in the first half.

It was certainly in the back of Brown’s mind that the last time the ’Blazers faced Tennessee High, they lost on a buzzer-beater.

“We know the importance of this game,” he said. “They came off of beating D-B and Science Hill and this was to be alone in third place. Every game matters now and we approached it the right way.”

The ’Blazers quickly got the pace of the game into the groove they wanted it early in the second quarter after a sluggish start.

The game was back-and-forth most of the way and the Vikings took the lead with over three minutes left in the half at 23-22, but Boone quickly responded.

The first eight minutes weren’t filled with a lot of action on the floor as both teams were missing shots and fouls were being called. However, a fan was ejected midway through the period by one of the referees.

Boone is now all alone in third place in the conference behind Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill.

Girls

Daniel Boone 49, Tennessee High 39

The Lady Trailblazers held a commanding 19-point lead approaching the end of the third quarter, but Tennessee High would not go down without a fight.

The Lady Vikings pulled within five points at 42-37 with 1:29 left in the game and had outscored Boone 12-0 over a five-minute span of game time.

However, Boone was able to hold on and narrowly escape — despite missing 10 free throws in the fourth quarter and 14 in the second half.

Jaycie Jenkins had another big night for the Lady ’Blazers, netting 30 points.

Kenzie Nickles led the Lady Vikings with 14 points while Madison Blair threw in 11.

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