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Upset by Boone ends Tribe's strong season

February 15th, 2007 12:54 am by Dave Ongie

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Daniel Boone's furious finish broke Dobyns-Bennett's heart on Valentine's Day.

The Lady Trailblazers outscored the Lady Indians 22-3 in the fourth quarter to claim a 59-39 win in the second round of the District 1-AAA tournament at Viking Hall.

With the victory, Daniel Boone advanced to the semifinals where it will face Science Hill on Saturday.

The Lady Hilltoppers won the opener 68-44 over Volunteer to stamp their ticket into the semis.

After clinging to a one-point lead heading into the final period, the Lady Trailblazers (16-15) started to pull away.

Boone pushed the lead out to nine points before D-B called a timeout with 4:52 left in the game.

The Lady Trailblazers only picked up the intensity from there, turning a flurry of steals into an avalanche of points.

Boone outscored the Tribe 13-2 the rest of the way thanks to a swarming defensive effort and some timely shooting by Autumn Gillis, who scored 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter.

"We've been borderline all year long, but each one of (the players) recommitted to being a team," Daniel Boone coach Tim Campbell said. "Give credit to our assistants for coming up with the game plan and our players for executing it."

The game plan was simple - the Lady Trailblazers set out to keep Sabra Lawson and Blaine Frohlich from beating them again.

Lawson and Frohlich had run roughshod over Boone in two regular season wins, and Campbell didn't want to see a repeat.

As it turned out, the sagging defense allowed D-B point guard Tori Head to score 12 points in the first half, giving the Tribe a 29-28 lead at the break.

"Einstein me gives up four 3s to Head in the first half," Campbell said of the strategy. "So we went back to an old-fashioned Bobby Snyder man-to-man defense."

The adjustment worked wonders as the Lady Trailblazers outscored the Lady Indians 31-10 in the second half.

After an up-and-down season, the vintage Lady 'Blazer performance in the second half had Campbell smiling.

"This feels like old times," he said.

Holly Nickels, who led Boone with 22 points, said the players wiped the slate clean and opted for a fresh start in the postseason.

"Coach has always said there's a change in everything," she said. "We knew we had to win this game, and we played together as a team."

The win assured the Lady Trailblazers their 14th trip to the regional tournament in the past 15 years.

For Dobyns-Bennett (19-10), the loss marked the end of a successful 19-win season.

"Tim had them ready to play," D-B coach Roger France said. "They played harder than us in the second half, and I thought that was the difference."

Tori Head led the Tribe with 12 points while Sabra Lawson added 10.

Science Hill skipped the drama by jumping out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter.

The Lady Hilltoppers (24-7) crashed the boards and got tough on defense to dispose of Volunteer.

"The kids played hard," Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell said. "I knew if we came out and played well, we'd have a good chance of winning."

The Lady Hilltoppers managed to bottle up the Lady Falcons' backcourt tandem of Chanoa Bledsoe and Cynthia Lawson. The duo combined for 41 points in Volunteer's win over Sullivan East, but only managed to score a combined six points against Science Hill.

Jordan Douglas led the Lady Hilltoppers with 16 points while Emma MacMillian added 10.

Brandy Barton paced Volunteer (8-21) with 20 points.

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