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Boone takes crucial road game at Tennessee High

Johnny Wilson • Feb 9, 2018 at 10:58 PM

BRISTOL — Chad Heglar didn't take long to make an impression in his return to the Daniel Boone basketball lineup Friday night at Viking Hall.

Out three weeks with a foot injury, Heglar scored 16 first-half points and 24 for the game, leading Boone to a key Big Seven Conference boys win — a tough 59-53 decision over homestanding Tennessee High.

The victory was a big one for the Trailblazers.

"The impact of the game, playing for the 3 seed (in the upcoming District 1-AAA tournament), there was some added pressure there and we knew it was going to be a tough game,'' Boone coach Chris Brown said. "Just proud of the guys the way they executed late.

"We hit our free throws and I thought we made some critical stops defensively.''

Eric Rigsby made the game's biggest free throws, hitting four straight in the game's final 27 seconds as the ’Blazers (14-14, 6-6) twice nursed two-point leads.

"He's our bulldog and he wants to be on the line,'' Brown said.

HEGLAR ON FIRE

Heglar made three 3-point jumpers to help Boone to a two-point halftime edge. The sharp shooter would finish with five of Boone's nine makes beyond the arc.

"Chad had a big night and I thought he was critical for us in the first half,'' Brown said. "Not bad for one day of practice.''

Hegler was backed by the 13-point game of Rigsby. Noah Shelton made a big play late, grabbing a huge offensive rebound off a teammate's missed free throw to allow Boone to maintain possession with a 53-51 lead.

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

The Vikings (14-14, 5-7) trailed 43-31 late in the third period before making a sudden charge behind Christian Webb and Cade Mitchell.

THS would eventually own a brief 49-47 edge, but could not finish the rally.

Mitchell led the losers with 16 points, while Nolan Wishon added 13 and Webb 12.

GIRLS

Daniel Boone 60, Tennessee High 32

The Lady Trailblazers had no trouble with Tennessee High, completing a perfect Big Seven slate with another runaway victory.

Boone, 25-4 overall after a 12-0 run through the league, will now attack the postseason as the top seed in the upcoming District 1-AAA tournament.

"These kids play hard and they play together so it's easy to coach,'' sixth-year Boone coach Travis Mains said. "It's a big deal to go unbeaten in conference.

"From this point it's going to take a lot of heart, a lot of hustle and a lot of togetherness. We're trying to get to (the state tournament in) Murfreesboro.''

CULBERTSON RULES

Boone ran out to a quick start behind the hot shooting (three 3s) of Macie Culbertson, who scored 18 first-half points to push the Blazers to a commanding 37-14 advantage at intermission. Culbertson would finish with 20.

Fellow senior Sydney Pearce, a towering 6-foot-4 pivot, was way too much inside for THS (17-11, 6-6), backing Culbertson with 13 points. Bayleigh Carmichel added 13 as well, nailing a pair of Boone's seven 3s.

VIKINGS NEVER IN IT

Down by 23 at halftime, Tennessee High never threatened in the second half and trailed by as many as 30 midway through the fourth quarter.

Erin Walker and Adison Minor both scored 10 points to pace the Vikings.

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