The Trailblazers held off David Crockett 76-66 in a key Big 7 Conference basketball game on a night when Crockett honored its 2018 Region 1-5A football and District 1-AAA softball championship teams as well as its 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees.
Chad Heglar led Boone (8-9, 3-4) with 25 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Trailblazers went undefeated on the Pioneers’ home floor for the season after winning the Hardee’s Classic tournament in November.
“It felt good to come back here and get a win after they beat us at home,” Heglar said. “This is the same gym where I scored 51 points (in the Hardee’s) and it’s a huge rivalry. They were talking, but that motivates me because I know that nobody on that team can guard me.”
After trailing for between five and 11 points for most of the game, Crockett (6-15, 2-5) pulled to within 53-50 on Mack Hensley’s bank shot as he was falling to the ground at the end of the third quarter. The Pioneers cut the lead to just 60-59 halfway through the fourth on a layup by Donta Hackler.
Heglar responded with a 3-point goal. He scored on the next Boone possession and the ’Blazers pulled away.
“We put the ball in his hands because we know what he’s capable of doing,” Boone coach Chris Brown said. “We know what he’s capable of doing. You put it in his hands because I trust he’s going to make the right plays and he did that tonight.”
Cade Norris also made plenty of the right plays, going 5-for-7 from the floor to score 12 points.
Hackler led the Pioneers with 24 points. John Kollie totaled 13 points, and Dawson Wagner and Hensley reached double figures with 10 apiece.
Crockett coach John Good wasn’t happy how his team hit just 14 of 32 free throws and lost the rebounding battle by a 33-21 margin.
“You miss 18 free throws and you’re not going to beat anybody,” Good said. “We don’t usually get 18. They rebounded, shot until they made it and we didn’t get a lot of second-chance points. When we missed, they got the board.
“They were the most aggressive team, wanting to prove the last game was a fluke — and they did a good job.”
LADY TRAILBLAZERS RALLY FOR WIN
The Lady ’Blazers (14-7, 4-2) fell behind early before rallying to tie the game at the half and pull away in the second half for a 54-38 victory.
Kayla Gibson led the way for Boone with 16 points, and Bayleigh Carmichel was right behind her with 15. Jaycie Jenkins came through with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Nine of Gibson’s points came from 3-point range, which was key according to Boone coach Beau Hauldren.
“Kayla had a real good effort for us in the third quarter,” Hauldren said. “We need another scorer because teams are going to focus on Jaycie and Bayleigh. Kayla hit some shots from outside for us. She’s done that the last few games and she’s got to continue to do that.”
The Lady Pioneers (7-12, 2-4) had control early and led 14-4 early in the second quarter before Boone reeled off 13 straight points. They were tied 21-all at halftime and were down by just two midway through the third quarter.
Halle Scott led Crockett with eight points, followed by Mackenzie Baldwin with seven. Despite the early deficit, there was no panic on the Boone side.
“There was a calmness about us when we fell behind 12-2 and 14-4,” Hauldren said. “We gradually got back in it and we gradually pulled away.”