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Crockett claims pair of wins at Volunteer

By TANNER COOK • Jan 23, 2019 at 1:14 AM

CHURCH HILL — The last meeting between David Crockett and Volunteer on the basketball court back in December resulted in a buzzer-beater victory for the Falcons.

In Tuesday night’s Big 7 Conference boys contest, no last-second shot was needed. The Pioneers won convincingly, 68-54, after withstanding a fourth-quarter surge by the Falcons, who’ve been known for their comebacks all year.

Mack Hensley led Crockett with 20 points — scoring 15 of them in the second half — and freshman Dawson Wagner added 13. Wagner also had nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.

“We played unselfish tonight,” Crockett coach John Good said. “Sometimes when you get a lead, you get careless and turn the ball over. We did that a little, but we got refocused and came back ready to play.”

Eli Churchwell fired up 19 points to lead Volunteer, but Crockett’s defense suffocated Falcons leading scorer Chance Johnson all night. Johnson finished with just eight points playing against the Pioneers’ bothersome press.

The Pioneers built an early lead, but the Falcons pulled to 50-39 thanks to a 9-0 run with six minutes left to play. Crockett answered with an 8-0 run.

“We turned the ball over way too much the first time we played them,” Good said. “That was a point of emphasis tonight was to not turn it over. We did a pretty good job of that tonight. ... Every chance you have to win one the road is huge. Hopefully our kids will gain some confidence after this one.”

LADY PIONEERS RALLY

The Lady Falcons led for three quarters, bolstered by a huge game from Bryna Minton, but a huge rally pushed the Lady Pioneers to a big road victory, 54-48.

Crockett trailed by 10 points, 37-27, going into the fourth quarter and the Lady Falcons looked to be in complete control. But the Lady Pioneers got going and doubled their offensive output from the first three quarters of the game — outscoring Volunteer 27-11 in the final period.

Minton knocked down six 3-pointers in her 24-point total. She was on fire in the first half, getting 14 by halftime.

Emma Gouge scored 14 points and Emily Trivette had 13 for the Lady Pioneers.

Trivette sank the 3-pointer with less than two minutes to go that put David Crockett up for good.

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