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FULL STORY: Bradshaw keys Lady Trailblazers

Jason Mullins • Jan 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

GRAY — Using a combination of speed, consistent shooting and tenacious defense, Daniel Boone’s two varsity basketball teams completed a sweep of Sullivan Central on Friday night.Shooting guard Autumn Bradshaw was a key player in the Lady Trailblazers’ 70-33 victory.Bradshaw, who transferred to Boone less than a month ago, sparked the Lady ’Blazers (11-8, 3-4 Big 8 Conference) with eight unanswered points in the opening moments of the contest.She sank six field goals from 3-point range and finished the game with 23 points.“Autumn really stepped up tonight and helped us put the game out of reach early on,” said Boone coach Travis Mains. “When you have a player who can shoot the ball as consistently as she does, it really allows us to open up our game in a variety of different ways.” Jenny Snyder, Daniel Boone’s senior center, provided 18 points in the victory.“Jenny got some good looks under the basket,” Mains said. “She was also able to pick up some rebounds on both sides of the court.” Boone prevented Central from getting into an offensive rhythm throughout the contest.“Our defensive game was huge for us tonight,” Mains said. “We didn’t let them get any decent looks in the paint and we forced them to take some bad shots.” Central (4-18, 1-6) was led offensively by Katlyn Buckland. The sophomore guard scored 11 points, including a 3-pointer in the first quarter.In the second game of the evening, the Boone boys jumped out to a quick start en route to a 73-47 win.Prior to the start of the contest, senior guard Ryan Gaitor was honored for reaching the 1,000- point plateau in his career at Boone.Gaitor added to his overall career-points tally with an 11-for-16, 23-point performance against the Cougars.Boone jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first 2:30 of the contest.“Getting out to that quick start at the beginning of the game really set the tone for us all evening long,” said Boone coach Ryan Arnold.After trailing 20-4 at the end of the first quarter, Central was able to slow the pace of Boone’s offense.Behind 36-17 at the half, Central held Boone scoreless for the first 4:30 of the third quarter. However, the Cougars were only able to cut the lead by four points.Boone senior guard Jordan Stout ended the scoring drought by sinking 12 points in the quarter.“This win was big for us,” Arnold said. “After losing to Science Hill last Friday and not playing well against Crockett earlier this week, it was extremely important to come out and play well to gain some confidence going into the last part of the regular season.” Boone (14-6, 4-3) continues conference play on Tuesday evening at home against Tennessee High.

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