Lady Warriors place sixth over DC

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Brandi Dugger gets a foul in the face from Crockett’s Haley Farmer.

  JOHNSON CITY--Happy Valley's girls finished sixth in the eight-team Chick-fil-A Classic field, yet coach Ben Godsey was feeling better about his basketball team than all season.
  The Warriors came up short to David Crockett 47-41 on Wednesday at Science Hill. Happy Valley went 1-2 in the tournament.
  "But still I'm pleased with our team and the way we've improved the last two ball games," Godsey said. "Even though we didn't get the result of winning today, we are getting better."
  The Warriors (3-9) slipped by Crockett (6-8) in double overtime earlier this month.
  "It's a pretty good matchup, but it was a lot like the last game," Godsey said. "It wasn't as wild up and down. They went 1-3-1 on us a couple of times, and gave us some problems with that. We're going to be okay."
  Happy Valley never led in the second half, although the Warriors tied it at 36 late in the third quarter. The Warriors shot but 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from the floor after the break.
  "I thought we played a good first half, made some nice transition buckets," Godsey said. "We worked on offense pretty good, but the second half we just didn't get the good shots we were looking for. That's not going to get it done. I thought we took care of our free throws, but they did too."
  It was 38-36 after three quarters. After the Pioneers extended their lead to five, Amber Duncan pulled Happy Valley within 41-40. A pair of Crockett free throws pushed the margin to 45-41 with 2:01 remaining.
  "Every time we play them it's a dog fight," said Andy Hare, coach of the Pioneers. "All of those Carter County teams, I love it. It's good spirit and good intensity."
  The Warriors led 13-11 after one quarter. They were up 27-25 after Brandi Dugger converted a three-point play.
  Godsey called for a stall in the final minute and it didn't pan out. Crockett's Ashley Hill scored off a steal and hit the charity shot and Allison Chaney closed the half with a bucket as the Pioneers enjoyed a 32-27 advantage.
  "What really hurt us was trying to hold the ball at the end of the second quarter," Godsey said. "We tried to hold it for the last shot and turned it over two consecutive times. That cost us a lot of points. That really hurt us and physically guards not being tough with the basketball in that situation."
  Happy Valley's Keila Williams totaled 11 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Duncan had eight points and nine boards before fouling out. The Warriors were 12-of-19 at the line and won the battle on the boards 37-30.
  Hill and Jessica Chandley tossed in 11 points each for Crockett. Melinda Levasseur hauled in 11 rebounds, Hill made three steals and Heather Whitaker recorded two blocks. The Pioneers were 15-of-25 on free throws.
  "I think we rebounded a little bit better tonight, and we've not been doing that lately," Hare said. "We did a much better job rebounding. Williams had been killing us. Every time we play them she kills us, and we did a better job defensively on her and that helped. She still got her points on the free throw line (5-of-10).
  "We didn't give them as many second opportunities. We've been giving a lot of teams' layups, and I think that was the difference."