GRAY — The Daniel Boone boys and girls took full advantage of playing on their home court during Monday’s District 1-AAA tournament consolation games.
The Trailblazers pulled away from Sullivan South in the second half and claimed third place with a 56-49 victory over the Rebels.
In the earlier contest, the Lady Trailblazers outscored Volunteer 15-4 over the final five minutes of the game to capture third place in their bracket with a 60-52 win.
On Friday in the opening round of the Region 1-AAA tournament, the Lady ’Blazers (17-12) will travel to take on Morristown West (20-9), the No. 2 seed in District 2. The Lady Falcons (18-15) have to go to No. 1 seed Cocke County (20-9) the same night.
The Daniel Boone boys will travel to take on District 2 second seed Jefferson County (22-9), and Sullivan South will be at District 2 No. 1 Sevier County (26-4).
After disappointing losses in the boys’ semifinals on Saturday, both Boone and South came out a bit flat on Monday. At halftime, the Trailblazers held a slim lead, 24-21.
“It was just a tough game to play,” said Boone coach Ryan Arnold. “The intensity of the semifinals took a lot out of us.
“I had to challenge the guys a couple of times there in the second half to step it up.”
Leading 33-31 with 4:05 left in the third period, Boone went on a 10-2 run to take a 10-point advantage into the fourth stanza.
“We had too many defensive breakdowns in the third quarter,” said South coach Mark Pendleton. “It was tough for us when we got down 10 points.”
South played without senior wing Ryan Headrick, who was held out with a finger injury.
“Physically I thought we were ready to go,” Pendleton said. “But mentally, not having Ryan seemed to hurt us.”
The Rebels tried to narrow the deficit, but the Trailblazers were up to the task and held on for the win.
Ryan Gaitor led Boone with 11 points. Teammates Dillon Reppart and Ryan Keever added 10 each.
Michael Harr had a game-high 23 points to lead South.
In the girls’ matchup, the Lady Trailblazers found themselves down 48-45 with 5:08 left in the contest.
But from that point on, it was all Daniel Boone.
Forced to win the game at the free throw line, the Lady ’Blazers responded by making 11 of 16 attempts in the fourth quarter to keep the Lady Falcons at bay.
“In the fourth quarter we started getting stops and the momentum swung our way,” said Boone coach Travis Mains.
Jenny Snyder, Autumn Bradshaw and Taylor Campbell led Boone with 10 points apiece.
“Our kids got tired at the end,” said Volunteer coach Jerry Myers. “Boone’s depth was a key.
“We just don’t match up well against them.”
Lindsey Overbey led Volunteer with 15 points. Emily Armstrong had 14, Savannah Felgemacher 11 and Deanna Way 10.
The District 1-AAA championship games will be played tonight at Boone. Science Hill (28-3) will take on Tennessee High (24-4) for the girls’ title at 6 p.m. That will be followed at 7:30 by the boys’ championship matchup between archrivals Science Hill (33-2) and Dobyns-Bennett (20-7).