They did just that with a road win against David Crockett on senior night for the Lady Pioneers, winning Tuesday’s match in four sets 25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 25-14.
“It’s awesome to have that second seed locked up. It automatically puts us in the double elimination, so we have two chances to move to region,” Boone head coach Chelsea Baker said. “We’re thankful that we finished second this year. It’s been up and down. We’ve carried nine players all year and they have done a great job of picking it up when we need to.”
Producing double-doubles for Boone, Jaycee Jenkins coupled 11 kills with 23 digs while McKenna Dietz amassed 28 assists and 15 digs. Greyson Stevens had nine kills and 20 digs.
For Crockett, Gabby Rambo tallied nine kills and 16 digs. Kara Weems had 11 kills and four service aces, with Joanna Smith contributing 31 assists.
Breanna O’Shields recorded 19 digs and Maddie Pleasant 16 to pace the Lady Pioneers defensively.
“This group of seniors has been amazing to work with,” Crockett head coach Marquis Clark said. “I got the job their junior year, which is always tough. They’ve worked really hard and they’ve done everything I asked them to do. It stings that they didn’t get a win in conference play, but we still have a chance in the tournament.”
The match opened with the Lady Trailblazers getting out to a 8-5 lead and holding for the set win. Crockett got close near the end, trimming the lead down to five at 19-14 — but Boone put it away with a 6-3 spurt.
The second set was back and forth early, but once the Lady ’Blazers opened up a 6-3 lead, it was pretty much over. The lead increased to as much as nine at 19-10 and Boone cruised in to go up two sets to none.
Crockett fought hard in the third set, grabbing the lead early and extending it to 10-6. Boone got back into the set later on, but could never seize the momentum to get the straight sets win.
The final set was all Boone, which grabbed the lead early and never let up, winning in emphatic fashion.
Boone will host its senior night on Wednesday against Gate City (Va.) in the final game before the conference tournament to begin on Monday.
Tuesday’s match at David Crockett was also a pink-out night to raise awareness of breast cancer.