'Blazers thwart Warriors

By Michelle Pope

   The Daniel Boone Trailblazers were able to stop Charlie Bayless' Warriors from running their fast-paced game at Boone High, and took an early lead to topple Happy Valley 64-43.
   The Lady Warriors struggled to put points on the scoreboard in the first half against Boone, but more than quadrupled their halftime score by the end of the game. The Lady Blazers played a consistent four quarters, beating Happy Valley 62-33.
   In the boys' game, shooting was the factor that determined who would tack another win onto their record. Boone had three players score double digits: Ryan Doyle led the Blazers with 16, followed by Rusty Mabe with 14, and Kevin Champagne with 10. For the Warriors, only Tim Whaley hit doubles with a game-high 18 points.
   "I have all the respect in the world for Coach Bayless and his basketball team," said Boone head coach, Bobby Snyder. "I know they're a lot better than they were tonight. We were able to control the tempo of the ball game, and that helped us the first half."
   Mabe put in seven points during the first frame, including a three-pointer. After another trey from Doyle, the Boone boys were well on their way to a 16-7 lead. For Happy Valley, Whaley made two baskets and Todd Caldwell sunk one from behind the three-point line in the first.
   "They played well. They really out-rebounded us, and they shot really well," said Bayless. "They played good defense on us. I think Bobby has the best defensive team around here. It's tough to get the ball to the post on him."
   In the second frame, Whaley and Alex Carroll led the Warriors to an 18-point quarter by scoring six points each. The 'Blazers went on an 8-2 scoring run halfway through the quarter with the help of two consecutive shots from Doyle. Whaley added seven more for Happy Valley in the third quarter. The 6'2" center also collected eight rebounds for the night.
   "Whaley is just almost impossible to defend one-on-one," Snyder said. "You've got to have two or three around him and it was just fortunate tonight that the others didn't hurt us. (Happy Valley) really got on the offensive boards. They had 11 offensive rebounds, and normally, Boone's teams don't let other teams get in there and get that many offensive rebounds."
   Boone's tough defense proved to be a stumbling block for Happy Valley in the final quarter, after they drew within six points of overtaking the Trailblazers in the third. The Warriors pitched in a seven-point quarter, while Boone's offense fed off of their defense, sinking 19 points to take the game.
   "We got within six points, and needed free throws, and we didn't make our free throws, and then they got the momentum going and that was it," Bayless said.
   "I couldn't be more proud of our team, because we came ready to play," praised Coach Snyder. "We got off to a good start and other than a two to nothing lead, or maybe a three to two lead, we had the lead the rest of the ball game. I'm sure they didn't shoot as well outside as they normally do. It was a great win tonight - there's no question about that."
   The Lady Warriors' play in the first and second halves was as different as night and day, as Daniel Boone pulled the shades on them.
   After a slow 18-3 first quarter, Happy Valley seemed to lose their cool, and only managed to put in four more points in the second frame. Four first-half treys from the Lady Blazers helped boost them to a 33-7 halftime lead.
   "I thought we played really good defense," said Boone coach Tim Campbell. "I thought our transition in the offensive game went really well. We're so inconsistent, and this was one of the nights that we were on. I think the kids were ready to play - we had a down game there Tuesday, and so they were really focused in practice yesterday."
   After the half, Amber Duncan and Kortney Goulds each hit a shot from behind the arch to help lift the Lady Warriors to a 13-point quarter. Terra Whaley added a shot from inside the paint, while Keila Williams added two free throws, and Brandi Dugger topped off the scoring with another foul shot. Haylee Collins scored eight of Boone's 12 points in the third. Collins scored a game-high 20 points.
   "They're just a good solid team," said Happy Valley coach Ben Godsey of the Lady 'Blazers. "They put a little pressure on us, and we didn't handle the ball really well. We really were not ready to play. We dug ourselves a 20-point hole, but we came back out in the second half and had a good fourth quarter. Hopefully, we'll be ready to play North tomorrow night."
   In the fourth quarter, Duncan scored two baskets, while Whaley, Samantha Canter, Jennifer Osborne, and Randi Williams added two points each. Keila Williams scored on a free throw to give the Lady Warriors another 13 points by the end of the quarter, but they were too far behind to catch up to the Lady Blazers.
   Godsey was pleased with his girls' improvement after the locker room chat, despite the loss. "We challenged them at halftime, and they responded," he said. "We took care of the ball a little bit better, we were a little more aggressive. We weren't aggressive at all in the first half. The second half was a little different. We came out and made some nice passes. We're just going to try to carry the second half over to tomorrow's game."