“This late in the year, these games are really good for our team because it helps us prepare for what we’re about to get into,” Poore said after his Indians defeated Daniel Boone, 52-46, in a Big Seven Conference game at Bobby Snyder Gymnasium. “Postseason basketball is all about grit, possession by possession, and it was good we pulled this one out.”
The Indians improved to 22-6 overall, 9-1 in the Big Seven thanks to a balanced attack. Three players scored in double figures, led by Marae Foreman’s 12 points. Hayden Cassell added 11 points and Brady Potter had 10.
“We have a team that has a lot of guys who contribute,” Poore said. “We didn’t go as deep tonight, but we have a lot of contributors, which is good for our basketball team.”
In the girls’ game, Macie Culbertson scored 15 of her 25 points in the first quarter as Boone posted a 53-44 victory to remain perfect in the Big Seven.
Boone’s Eric Rigsby surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the third quarter. He finished with 24 points, going 12 of 15 from the line, and singlehandedly brought his team back into the game as the Indians appeared to be pulling away.
After D-B broke away to a 13-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, Rigsby scored nine points in a row — by hitting a 3-pointer and 6 of 7 free throws — to make it 48-44 with 1:26 left.
D-B’s Riamello Wadsworth ended the run by sinking four free throws in a row in the final 1:18.
Jared Lawson added 10 points for Boone, which fell to 13-11 overall, 4-5 in the Big Seven.
“I thought they out-toughed us,” Boone coach Chris Brown said. “That’s the bottom line of the game.”
Culbertson capped her 15-point first quarter by swishing a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It was her third 3-pointer of the quarter.
“She’s been sick the past few days,” said Boone coach Travis Mains, whose team won its 13th consecutive game. “She’s a very special player. We were trying to get it to her, but she’s such a team player, she wants to pass. She’s not about statistics. She just wants to win.”
The Trailblazers (22-4 overall, 10-0 in the Big Seven) were up 18-8 after that first quarter and stayed ahead the rest of the way.
Bayleigh Carmichel added 13 points for Boone.
Dobyns-Bennett’s Courtney Whitson reached a couple of milestones. She finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds. She passed 1,500 points for her career with a 3-pointer from the left wing with a minute left. She also passed the 1,000-rebound mark.
Whitson now has 1,503 points and 1,005 rebounds.
Jaden Fullen had 13 points for the Indians, who fell to 18-8, 6-4.