GRAY - All in all, it's been a disappointing season for Daniel Boone basketball. Based on recent events, though, momentum finally might be turning in the Trailblazers' favor.
Boone pulled off a pair of upsets to notch a varsity sweep of Sullivan Central on Tuesday night. Caroline Deakins' stellar night shooting the 3-pointer propelled the Lady Trailblazers to a 65-58 win over Central's girls. The Boone boys' win was even more surprising; they rallied in the second half then held on for the 66-65 victory.
"We're tired of losing," said Brandon Lewis, who scored 11 of his 15 points in a game-changing third quarter for Boone. "We want to turn our season around."
Consecutive Big 9 Conference wins have to help. The Boone boys, who also beat Volunteer in overtime in Church Hill on Friday, have won three of their past four games overall.
The Trailblazers (9-18, 5-10) started sluggish, often a step or two late on defense, which led to frequent fouls and put Central in the bonus for the entire second quarter.
The Cougars (18-11, 8-7) made 10 free throws in that frame to take a 37-29 lead into the locker room, but Boone came roaring back with 24 points in the third period to take the lead for good.
Boone missed some free throws late to give Central a chance, but the Cougars came up empty on their final possession.
"We don't have much time, we've got two more this week," Central coach Tony Vaughn said regarding any lessons learned. "Just try to realize what you did wrong, and not do it again."
Blake Moncier scored 24 to lead the way for Boone. Lewis had a team-high eight rebounds to go with his 15 points, and J.T. Osborne added 13 points with some clutch boards in the final period.
Justin Hess paced Central with 23 points - 17 of which came in the first half. Andrew McCann added 20 and Josh Kaiko 13. The Cougars were without Wes Baker, but expect him back for Thursday's game against Volunteer.
Earlier, the Lady 'Blazers rode Deakins' hot hand to victory. Already having set the school record for 3-pointers in a game earlier this season, Deakins sank seven shots from beyond the arc as part of a 27-point performance.
Deakins notched 20 of her points in the middle periods, a span in which Boone outscored Central 38-21 to take control.
Freshman Erica Blizard scored 28 for Central (16-12, 8-7). No one else on either team hit double digits.
"The second quarter was our undoing," Lady Cougars coach Gary Surcey said. "We were just nowhere to be found on defense."
The win gives a young Boone team a needed jolt of confidence with the postseason days away. The Lady 'Blazers (14-14, 7-8) have made the regional tourney in 12 of the past 13 seasons, and would love to add to that legacy.
"That's the ultimate goal," Boone girls coach Tim Campbell said.