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Second-half surge sends Crockett over Volunteer

Tanner Cook • Jan 25, 2020 at 2:30 AM

CHURCH HILL — Down by 10 points in the second quarter, David Crockett went on a tear over the next 12 minutes to roll to a 77-52 Big 7 Conference boys basketball victory at Volunteer on Friday night.

The Pioneers put up 27 points in the third quarter, and outscored the Falcons 44-20 overall in the second half.

Dawson Wagner showed the way with a game-high 21 points for Crockett. Eric Dunbar and Mason Britton finished with 15 and 13 points, respectively, and Jake Gaffney hauled in 12 rebounds.

“I hated how we started,” Crockett coach Cody Connell said. “They made eight of their first 10 shots and only missed four in the first half. Then we started to hit some shots and our defense locked down in the second half.”

Crockett found itself down 29-19 with just over four minutes left in the first half before a torrid 14-3 run created a 33-32 lead at halftime.

Volunteer kept it close the first four minutes of the third quarter, trailing only 45-38 with 4:15 showing on the quarter clock. But out of a timeout, Crockett went on an 11-0 run to blow open the game.

Garrison Barrett led the Falcons with 12 points, eight of those coming before halftime. Zack Evans and Dakota Hicks contributed eight each.

“Our guys battled back from down 10 to go up 25 and that was huge,” Connell said. “The first three minutes of the game and the first three minutes of the second half are really important. I thought our guys did what they were supposed to do and we pushed the ball a lot in transition.”

At halftime, senior Tinsley Whalen was named Volunteer “All-Sports” Queen.


Kenady Knittel hit five shots from 3-point range and finished with 23 points to lead the Lady Falcons to a 52-40 win.

Volunteer came out hot early, scoring the game’s first six points while locking down Crockett. The Lady Pioneers didn’t score until 3:37 remained in the opening quarter.

“We needed that bad, man. That was a huge bounce-back for us,” Volunteer coach Tyrone Smith said. “It was like completely night and day for us scoring just five points in the second half (of our last game) to this. ...

“Tonight was big for Kenady. She hadn’t made a 3 in the last two games and she had been in a slump,” Smith added. “The good thing about it is that her teammates encourage her to keep shooting. That’s what the Lady Falcons are: We are a family.”

Volunteer stayed hot and put the pressure on with a good shooting performance from the perimeter in the second quarter. Knittel canned three 3-pointers in the half and Atlee Dean capped the period by making a buzzer-beating trey from the right wing.

The defense has been there for the Falcons the last few games, but they have been unable to score in bunches. It seemed to all come together on Friday as Dean and Aliyah Crawley each contributed nine points.

No one scored in double figures for the Lady Pioneers, who got a team-best nine points from Emily Trivette.

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