Lady Pioneers beat 'Blazers for first time in 17 years

John Moorehouse • Dec 12, 2008 at 12:00 AM

GRAY — For David Crockett senior Lauren Murr, it seemed like she would never get the chance to beat Daniel Boone.

She wasn’t the only one. The Lady Pioneers had not defeated Boone in girls basketball in 17 years.

That all changed Friday night.

A big fourth quarter by Murr propelled Crockett to a historic 50-39 victory over the Lady Trailblazers.

“The only senior we have was just born the last time we lost to Crockett,” Boone coach Tim Campbell said.

By contrast, the victory made Murr want to celebrate like it was her birthday.

“Oh my gosh, since freshman year we just could not beat Boone,” Murr said. “It was like a curse.”

Murr did more than her fair share to help reverse that bad mojo. Struggling to just five points through the first three periods, Murr came alive in the final stanza, tallying half of her team’s 24-point output over the final eight minutes.

“Lauren’s one of those players, she’s not going to give up on you,” Crockett coach Jamey Anderson said. “We really could’ve quit when she was struggling.”

It wasn’t a one-woman show for Crockett (5-5, 2-2 Big 9 Conference). Jennifer Edwards added 14 points and Abby Gladden 10.

The victory provides some key momentum in an early-season stretch that has the Lady Pioneers on the road for 14 straight games while repairs are done on Crockett’s home floor.

Brooke Barnard put in 10 points to lead Boone (2-5, 1-3).

Crockett won despite going scoreless for the last half of the third period.

Boone’s boys fared much better in their varsity contest, blitzing Crockett in the first half en route to a 55-36 triumph.

“We wanted to win tonight and you could see it from the very get-go,” Daniel Boone coach Roger Austin said.

The Trailblazers (4-4, 1-3) won the second quarter by a 21-3 margin and led 37-18 at the break.

Nick Jones scored all of his game-high 17 points in the first half, including nine straight at one point. Jordan Gray came off the bench to add 10.

Clinton Freeman led Crockett (2-7, 0-4), scoring 12.

Known as the Musket Bowl in football, there’s no such trophy for a win in this Washington County rivalry on the hardwood.

“We didn’t think it was such a good idea to bring a gun inside,” Campbell said with a laugh.

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