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Tennessee High gets best of David Crockett; Lady Vikings win 2OT thriller

Tanner Cook • Jan 31, 2019 at 12:50 AM

JONESBOROUGH — The Tennessee High boys basketball team got back on track after a shocking loss to Cherokee last Friday and spoiled David Crockett’s senior night with a 69-56 Big Seven Conference win on Wednesday.

The Vikings (19-6 overall, 7-2 Big Seven Conference) used a 14-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to put away a charging Pioneers team that closed the third on a 7-0 run of their own.

Christian Webb led Tennessee High with 16 points — including going 5-for-5 from the free throw line — while Cade Mitchell and Nolan Wishon each had 15. Brandon Brown also contributed with a dozen.

The Pioneers fell behind 23-8 after the first quarter, but cut the lead to 10 points by halftime.

Good things continued for the Pioneers (7-17, 3-7) in the third quarter as Mack Hensley hit two 3-pointers to end the quarter and Donta Hackler also scored a bucket to cut the lead to 55-50. Hackler ended his night with a game-high 17 points.

However, the Pioneers went cold to start the fourth and did not score until 2:39 left when Hackler hit a 3-pointer from the left corner.

The Vikings are scheduled to host Volunteer Friday night, while Crockett has a conference road game at Science Hill.

Girls

Tennessee High 48, David Crockett 47, 2OT

Tennessee High (7-17, 1-8) notched its first conference win of the season with a road win on LynLeigh Rhodes’ two made free throws with 12.4 seconds left in the second overtime.

She led the Lady Vikings with 15 points while Kenzie Nickels and Riley Fritts had 14 and 13, respectively.

Mackenzie Baldwin had 16 points to lead the Lady Pioneers (8-14, 3-6).

Oddly enough, both Baldwin and Alexa Lewis of Tennessee High missed a pair of free throws with less than one second left in regulation that would have won the game for either team as it was tied at 40. After Baldwin missed, Lewis was fouled on the ensuing inbounds with 0.3 seconds left in regulation.

In the first overtime, Halle Scott made a basket and a free throw to tie the game at 44 with 54.4 seconds left. Tennessee High opted to take the last shot and Rhodes missed a runner as time expired and the game went to another extra period.

In regulation, Crockett led 19-7 with 7:03 left in the second quarter. The Lady Pioneers would not score another point until 4:06 left in the third quarter, nearly 12 minutes of game time later. When they did score, it stopped a 9-0 Tennessee High run that put the Lady Vikings up 22-19.

There were 53 total fouls in the game and the teams went a combined 26-for-68 from the free throw line. Six players fouled out of the game, three for each team.

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