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Seniors lead Falcons to win over 'Blazers

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Feb 7, 2018 at 10:24 AM

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer celebrated Senior Night in style with an inspired effort by a trio of seniors.

Caleb Rogers, Jacob Deal and Mason Reeves combined for 53 points in a 63-55 win over Daniel Boone on Tuesday night at the Falcons Nest.

Rogers led the way with 21 points, but it was Deal, who took over the game in the closing minutes, scoring 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.

"Tonight was our Senior Night and we knew were going to play a bulk of the minutes," Deal said. "It was an emotional locker room before the game. We were pretty fired up to play."

That was evident from the start as Volunteer held a 14-12 lead at the end of one quarter and was ahead 29-21 at the half.

It was the Falcons' first league win of the season improving to 7-19 overall and 1-10 in the Big Seven Conference. Boone fell to 13-12, 5-6.

ZONED OUT

Boone rallied to tie at 31-apiece before another Volunteer run gave the Falcons a 44-39 lead heading into the final quarter. As hard as the Trailblazers tried they couldn't keep up with the Falcons who used a combination of 2-3 zone and 1-2-2 zone to keep the score down.

"We tried to keep switching our defense around," Volunteer coach Greg Barnett said. "We knew we were going to be limited with our depth and we settled in with a zone. We've played it the last couple of games and the guys have gotten familiar with it. We just tried to give them different looks to keep them off-balance."

They did just that with Volunteer transfer Jared Lawson leading Boone with 17 points. Eric Rigsby scored 12 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter and Marshall Golden ended with 11 points, including three shots behind the 3-point line.

NOT HAPPY WITH ZEBRAS

"The officiating has to get better," Daniel Boone coach Chris Brown said after the game. "I'm sorry that I have to be the one who says it, but these games in the final week mean so much. They have to officiate better. I have to coach better and I understand that."

It was also the final game for two other Volunteer seniors, Grayson Hurd and Jeremiah Sherer.

Girls

Daniel Boone 60, Volunteer 30

The Lady 'Blazers (23-4, 11-0) rolled to their 31st straight Big Seven Conference win and their 42nd in the last 43 games against the Lady Falcons (7-21, 2-9).

With leading scorer Macie Culbertson out with illness, Bayleigh Carmichel led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points.

Sydney Pearce and Emily Sizemore each finished with 13 points, while Jaycie Jenkins added nine.

"We have four kids averaging double figures and they're unselfish and they play hard," Boone coach Travis Mains said. "I've enjoyed coaching them and being around them. They're good kids."

With one more league win, Boone will complete its second straight undefeated season in the Big Seven Conference.

"It's quite an accomplishment in this league," Mains said. "We've probably got five of the top 10 players in the conference so we should be pretty good."

Jenkins added, "We're on a winning streak and we just hope to keep it up. Going two years without losing a conference game, that's amazing and gives you confidence going into the conference tournament."

Volunteer was led by Chloe Salyers with six points and Kenady Knittel with five. It marked the last home game for the team's lone senior, Lindsey Boyd.

"It's the last time at home with my team and we've had a great year," Boyd said. "We're just excited to see what else we can do. We have a lot of young kids and I try to lead the team. They look to me as the only senior and that makes me try harder."

Boone will end its regular season Friday at Tennessee High. Volunteer will travel to Dobyns-Bennett that night.

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