Daniel Boone's Jacob Keefauver (24) works against Sullivan South's Evan Headrick during Friday night's game in Kingsport. (Ned Jilton II photo)
KINGSPORT — After three quarters of futility, Daniel Boone caught fire at the right time.
The Trailblazers opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run and held on to beat Sullivan South 58-55 in a rugged non-conference boys basketball contest Friday night.
Boone trailed for most of the game and entered the fourth period down 36-35. But the ’Blazers held the Rebels scoreless for the first 2:53 of the final quarter, jumping out to a 45-36 lead that turned out to be insurmountable.
Boone coach Ryan Arnold said the key to the game was neutralizing South’s big men. After terrorizing the Trailblazers when the teams met at the Hardee's Classic earlier this season, South’s Will Blair and Christian Comsa combined for just five points in Friday’s loss.
“They gave us a lot of trouble at the Hardee's,” Arnold said. “They just attacked us on the boards and they just shot until they scored. We just talked about that. We didn’t really do anything different than what we always do, we just played strong and tried to bump them when they cut to the goal.
“I don’t think they got a lot of offensive putbacks, and I thought that was the key going into the game.”
On the flip side, Boone’s post players were very productive. Dillon Reppart led the way with 15 points and Aaron Shelton added 11.
Evan Headrick had 21 points to pace South, and Mickey Winkle and Colton Young scored 10 each.
The Lady Trailblazers made it a clean sweep by picking up a 71-61 victory over the Lady Rebels.
Boone took control by outscoring South 14-6 in the second quarter and closed out the victory by hitting 18 of 21 foul shots in the fourth.
Taylor Carmichel led Boone with 22 points. Allison Littleton and Taylor Campbell scored 13 each for the Lady ’Blazers, and Jaclyn Jenkins added 11.
Morgan Seymore led South with 18 points. Abbey Conkin scored 16 and Brayden Hutchins added 15.
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