BRISTOL, Tenn. — Dobyns-Bennett girls basketball coach Roger France was afraid of what a slow start to Tuesday’s game against David Crockett might do to his team’s confidence. But after a 9-0 run to open the first quarter and another nine-point spurt to start the second, the third-seeded Lady Indians settled in nicely and rolled to a 57-38 victory over sixth-seeded Crockett in the first round of the District 1-AAA tournament inside Viking Hall. “Honestly, I was real concerned about this game,” France said. “Over at Crockett, it was a struggle. It was a seven-point game with three or four minutes to go. They had a lot of confidence coming in here. “If you let teams hang around, next thing you know, you’re in a tight game and your kids play tight. But we had a big enough cushion.”
After leading 15-8 at the end of the first quarter, the Tribe (19-8) surged ahead 24-8 in the first two minutes of the second quarter and never looked back. D-B’s Alex Anderson proved to be an insurmountable challenge for the Lady Pioneers (4-23), finishing with a game-high 18 points. Sasha Morrisette slashed through Crockett to score 14.
Crockett didn’t have a player score more than five points against D-B’s suffocating defense.
No. 2 seed Volunteer also moved into the semifinals Tuesday night with a 61-37 win over seventh-seeded Sullivan Central on Tuesday night The Lady Falcons (25-8) didn’t get off to a fast start, but they were splendid down the stretch, holding the Lady Cougars (5-22) scoreless for the final 12 minutes of the game. After finishing the first quarter tied at 12, Central hung within a point of Volunteer in the second until the Lady Falcons scored 12 straight point to push their lead to 32-19. Katlyn Buckland scored 12 of her team-high 16 points in the third period to keep Central in the game, but the Lady Cougars couldn’t buy a basket down the stretch. Buckland was the only Lady Cougar to score after halftime. Lindsey Overbey led Volunteer with 26 points. Savannah Felgemacher added 14 and Josie Salyer scored 12.
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