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Boone downs Volunteer for pair of wins on senior night

Tanner Cook • Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 11:10 PM

Jared Lawson had an inspired effort against his former team leading Daniel Boone to a Senior Night win over Volunteer.

Lawson, who transferred from Volunteer to Boone this season, led the Trailblazers with 11 points in a 59-35 victory over the Falcons on Wednesday night at Bobby Snyder Gymnasium. Marshall Golden had 10 points off the bench, and Eric Rigsby finished with nine points, despite going 0-for-13 from the field. Freshman Crowder Jones had nine points and gained valuable experience, playing in the absence of Chad Heglar, who remains out with an ankle injury. 

The ’Blazers improved to 13-10 overall and 5-4 in the Big Seven Conference despite only making two shots behind the arc. Volunteer dropped to 6-19, 0-9 after suffering their 11th straight loss.

“It was an ugly basketball game,” Daniel Boone head coach Chris Brown said. “We didn’t move very well early. I thought the game changed when Taylor Johnson and Crowder Jones got on the floor for us. We had great contributions tonight from our guys on the bench. It’s not pretty basketball, but we’ll take it.”

TURNING POINT

One of the major turning points was late in the first half was when Daniel Boone went on a 12-4 flurry highlighted by a pair of steals and subsequent made layups by  Johnson. This sudden spurt gave the Blazers a 10-point lead over the Falcons at the break.

Boone was struggling early after Lawson picked up his third foul and was taken out of the game for the final four minutes of the first half. The ’Blazers struggled from long distance, going 0-for-8 from 3-point range. 

With Boone only hitting two shots from the field in the first quarter, the Falcons took advantage of the offensive struggles and took an 11-8 lead.

The Trailblazers roared back and outscored the Falcons 51-24 the rest of the way. 

Caleb Rogers led Volunteer with nine points, followed by Mason Reeves and Jacob Deal with eight each.

Girls

Daniel Boone 78, Volunteer 18

The Lady Trailblazers dialed it up from long range on Wednesday night by netting 12 three-pointers against the Lady Falcons.

Emily Sizemore and Jaycie Jenkins each had 14 points to lead Boone. Bayleigh Carmichel also had 12 points, all on made three-pointers. Volunteer was led by Kenedy Knittle, who had eight points.

“Sydney (Pearce) didn’t get a lot of touches tonight,” Daniel Boone head coach Travis Mains said. “Emily and Bayleigh were red hot from the outside and we wanted to feed them… We’re so long and we probably have five starters that could play college basketball if they wanted. It’s hard to play against us. We’re probably one of the longest teams in the state.”

STAYING PERFECT

Boone improved to 21-4 overall and kept its Big Seven record perfect at 9-0. Volunteer fell to 7-19 and 2-7.

Boone opened up a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter and the lead ballooned from that point.

The 60-point victory was the largest margin of victory for Daniel Boone this season.

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