The Trailblazers came out with authority to start the game and after halftime and earned the Big 7 Conference victory going away, 77-52.
Boone’s 13-5 run to open the first quarter and a 10-1 push to start the third essentially secured the win.
“The whole key to this game was getting off to a good start,” Boone coach Chris Brown said. “We were pretty jazzed up. This group has fun playing together and I thought we set the tone defensively early. We got out and made some easy ones to start. It makes it easier to see the ball go through the net early.”
Boone put four players in double figures, a testament to how well the offense was clicking. Jared Adkins poured in 20 points, Colby Backus had 18, Cade Norris scored 14 and Samuel Stroupe added 12.
The ’Blazers employed a strong transition game, a solid outside shooting night and a little more strength in the paint.
“We were extremely unselfish today and we finally put four quarters together,” Brown said. “We had great defensive pressure and what we want to do is speed the game up because we have some guys that can make plays.”
The Falcons have taken their lumps this season, but some bright spots emerged from their youth. Eli Amyx led Volunteer with 10 points and freshman Andrew Knittel contributed seven.
LADY TRAILBLAZERS PULL AWAY
After a defensive first half, Daniel Boone’s girls finally broke Volunteer’s defense to start the fourth quarter. The Lady Trailblazers used an 11-0 run to go up 32-18 then cruised in for the 36-20 victory.
“It was a quick turnaround today and we weren’t ready to go,” Boone coach Beau Hauldren said. “It’s not the first time we’ve seen a box-and-1 defense all year. We just didn’t run any good offense against it. We talked about it at halftime and we have to be able to guard every single night no matter if the offense is working or not. That’s what we had to do here and I’m proud of the defensive effort.”
Savannah Jessee led Boone with 11 points. Jaycie Jenkins was held to nine.
Volunteer started well and led 11-8 after one quarter. The Lady ’Blazers turned up the defense after that, however, and smothered the undersized Lady Falcons.
Boone led 16-15 at halftime. After Volunteer tied it at 16 with 2:33 left in the third, the Lady ’Blazers went on a 5-0 run. The Lady Falcons scored a combined seven points over the second and third quarters but still managed to stay in the game.
Aliyah Crawley’s seven points were tops for the Lady Falcons.