However, the Blue Devils closed Tuesday night’s non-district, interstate contest inside the Devils’ Den against Daniel Boone on an 11-3 run to win 70-55.
It was Gate City’s 66th home win in the last 67 tries.
Blue Devils senior guard Bradley Dean netted a game-high 23 points and moved to with 30 points of eclipsing 2,000 for his career.
The Devils did not shoot particularly well on the evening, making just five 3-pointers on the night. Andrew Hensley had three of them as part of his 20-point effort.
“It’s late season and we’re trying to figure some things out. Adding in a non-conference game really throws things, too,” Gate City head coach Scott Vermillion said. “This was two teams trying to make a run in their conference and we were playing each other when our staff and kids like each other. We didn’t shoot it well and neither did they. Brad didn’t shoot it as well as he would have liked to and I think part of that could be the 2,000 in his head.”
Cade Norris was the high man for Daniel Boone, finishing with 16 points and Jared Adkins concluding with 14.
“I thought we guarded well and we didn’t foul a whole lot,” Daniel Boone head coach Chris Brown said. “We missed a lot of shots. We were 4 for 19 from three and 17 for 45 from two. Throw in 10 missed layups and you can’t do that against good teams.”
Gate City 43, Daniel Boone 41
Gate City’s Kendal Quillen hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 53.3 seconds left in the game to give Gate City a 42-39 lead after Boone had tied the game several times in the final minutes.
The Lady Blue Devils played without star junior guard Sarah Thompson due to an ankle injury. She is expected to be back for Friday’s game against Lee.
The Lady Trailblazers had rallied from down 13 points (37-24) to tie the game at 37 with 2:10 left to play and had ample opportunities to take the lead for good.
Boone’s 13 unanswered points came when Gate City guard Macey Mullins went out with an ankle injury of her own and did not return.
“I thought we played really hard and played with a little bit of an edge tonight because we didn’t have Sarah,” Gate City head coach Kelly Houseright said. “Macey went out at a really crucial time in the game and that hurt. Kendal and Sam (Jerrell) have really stepped up the past few weeks and willed us to some big wins. That’s what you expect seniors to do, though.”
Jaycie Jenkins finished with a game-high 16 points for Daniel Boone.
It was a true team effort win for Gate City as no one scored in double figures. Riley Houseright finished with nine and freshman Kayli Dunn netted eight.
Even without Thompson, the Lady Blue Devils found themselves ahead 24-12 against a tough Daniel Boone team.
The Lady ’Blazers had far too many turnovers in the first half to be successful and Jenkins totaled nine of Boone’s dozen points.