“Our kids kept playing and kept competing. We knew Unicoi County was going to try to come back,” David Crockett head coach John Good said. “They have good players and good coaching. It’s just one of those things and we made some bad decisions at the wrong time.”
Earlier in the evening the Lady Blue Devils survived a third-quarter rally by David Crockett before pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 53-40 victory.
Wagner shoots Pioneers to lead
Dawson Wagner paced everyone with 22 points all after the first quarter. His effort helped the Pioneers to a 47-39 advantage going to the fourth.
All of that almost went away as Brock Thompson hit a pair of 3-pointers to bring the Blue Devils back. The deficit was erased and Unicoi County grabbed the lead in the final moments only to see David Crockett answer.
The answer was a Mason Britton 3-pointer with 51 seconds left to make it a 61-59 game. Mack Hensley added a free throw to hand the Pioneers a 62-60 edge with 10.1 seconds left.
The Blue Devils had two tip-in opportunities from Thompson and Gavin Casey as the clock wound down. Thompson and Casey finished with 17 and 10 points, respectively.
The Blue Devils’ Austin O’Dell contributed all 10 of his points in the final half to help make the game close.
“We played really good in the second half,” Unicoi County head coach Michael Smith said. “I thought the whole time when we were down we could battle back. Just couldn’t hold on to it. You have to give them credit of getting to the basket and making free throws late.”
Blue Devil Start gets answered
Unicoi County opened up a 9-0 lead in the game’s first four minutes. It was not until a 3-pointer from Hensley that the home team got going.
David Crockett finished the first quarter on a 15-0 run thanks in part to Jake Gaffney with 10 straight points in a 64-second span. Gaffney finished the contest with 15 points.
Unicoi County 53, David Crockett 40 (girls)
Unicoi County was up 24-14 at halftime, but David Crockett cut the deficit down to a pair of points. Matty McKee, Emma Gouge and McKenzie Baldwin all scored four points each in the third quarter.
Gouge went on to finish with a game-best 19 points.
The fourth quarter belonged to Unicoi County, though. Chloe Powers totaled 11 of her team-high 18 points in the final eight minutes, knocking down a pair of threes in the process.
Meeting for the first time since the 2014-15 season, Unicoi County made it four straight wins in the series.