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Tennessee High ends Boone's tourney run

February 21st, 2007 12:24 am by Dave Ongie

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The clock finally struck midnight for the Daniel Boone Lady Trailblazers on Tuesday night at Viking Hall.

Boone's Cinderella run through the District 1-AAA basketball tournament ended with a 16-2 Tennessee High run that gave the Lady Vikings a 48-34 victory in the sixth straight district championship meeting between the schools.

After Autumn Gillis hit a layup to tie the game at 32 with a little more than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Boone's offense came to a screeching halt.

The Lady Trailblazers didn't hit another field goal the rest of the way and scored just two more points on a pair of Megan Caldwell foul shots early in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the Lady Vikings focused on getting enough points on the scoreboard to put away Boone in front of a raucous home crowd.

"Boone really was a dangerous basketball team," Tennessee High coach Kim Bright said. "Earlier in the year, if we had a lead we gave it up by playing not to lose. Tonight we played to win."

While the Lady Trailblazers (17-16) couldn't buy a basket, Tennessee High (27-5) converted turnovers, offensive rebounds and slick interior passes into layups, pushing the lead out of reach in the final moments.

"Our press didn't get a lot of steals, but it got them in a hurry," Bright said, adding that a weather delay that pushed the semifinals to Monday also helped her team claim its third straight district title over Boone.

"Playing back-to-back really paid off for us because we play a lot of kids," she said. "In the fourth quarter we saw they were a little bit tired."

While Boone coach Tim Campbell was proud of his team's tournament run, he also hated to see his players come up short again.

"You only get so many times to have a chance to win a championship," Campbell said. "But the kids have played hard."

Tennessee High's Danielle Montgomery was named tournament MVP after finishing with a game-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds and five steals in the title game.

She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Nikita Jones, who scored seven points and pulled down eight boards against the Lady 'Blazers.

Caroline Deakins led Boone with 11 points while Caldwell notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Deakins and Caldwell were joined by teammate Holly Nickels on the all-tournament squad.

While Boone was disappointed with the loss, the Lady Trailblazers must try to regroup in time to host Cocke County on Friday in the first round of the Region 1-AAA tournament.

Tennessee High will welcome Jefferson County into Viking Hall on Friday in first-round action.

Science Hill jumped out to an early lead and held on to claim a 56-50 decision over Sullivan South in the third-place game.

The Lady Hilltoppers outscored the Lady Rebels 13-7 in the second quarter to open up some breathing room.

The advantage stretched into double digits in the third quarter before South's final rally came up just short.

"It was one of those games where we just needed two more minutes," Lady Rebels coach Josh Tate said.

Samantha Williams led South (15-14) with 21 points and Natalie Pickwell added 12, earning the duo spots on the all-tournament team.

Johneshia Good scored 17 points to lead Science Hill (25-8) and earn herself a slot on the all-tournament squad.

Science Hill travels to face Morristown West on Friday while South will be on the road to face the top-ranked Greeneville Lady Greene Devils.

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