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Crockett suffers tough road sweep at Tennessee High

Tanner Cook • Updated Jan 30, 2018 at 10:33 PM

BRISTOL — David Crockett desperately needed a road win on Tuesday at Viking Hall to maintain a stronghold on the third seed in the Big Seven conference basketball standings, but the Pioneers fell to Tennessee High, 61-55.

Much like the girls game, neither team could not get the baskets to fall in the early going. The turnovers were mounting for both teams in a game that did not have much of an offensive flow.

The Vikings had a five-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 13-8.

The Pioneers got their first lead of the game at 19-18 off of a McHale Bright 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, but the Vikings would fight back. Neither team could build more than a five-point lead in a back-and-forth second period.

The game was deadlocked at 28 apiece at the intermission.

An interesting statistic was that Crockett did not shoot a free throw in the first half to extend its consecutive quarters streak to six without an attempted free throw. They did not attempt any free throws against Unicoi County on Saturday.

The Pioneers had a late defensive lapse when the defense collapsed on a driving Christian Webb and left Nolan Wishon wide open underneath for an easy layup. This gave Tennessee High a 56-50 lead with Wishon’s made and-one free throw.

Webb led all scorers with 22 points while freshman Brandon Brown stepped up off the bench with 18. McHale Bright was the high man for the Pioneers with 15 and Camara Bradley had 12.

Tennessee High won the game despite 20 turnovers.

Girls

Tennessee High 48, David Crockett 24

The sound of the ball bouncing off of the rim became an all too familiar noise.

It was not a pretty start for the Lady Pioneer, as three of their first four possessions ended in traveling calls. The same was true for the Lady Vikings and neither team could score within the first three minutes.

Despite struggling mightily from the field, Crockett only trailed by four points the half.

The Lady Vikings began to pull away in the start of the fourth quarter as they turned up the defense. The Lady Pioneers were held scoreless the entire fourth quarter.

Mikayla Richards had a game-high 14 points to lead the Lady Vikes. Mackenzie Baldwin and Emma Gouge each had six points for David Crockett.

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