Wolves storm back against ‘Blazers, take on Pioneers in Hardee’s final | Sports

JONESBOROUGH – The menu for the 32nd annual Hardee’s Classic basketball tournament at David Crockett has been finalized.

West Ridge took advantage of a furious comeback in the second half to beat Daniel Boone in the boys’ first semi-final at 63:54 on Friday. Host David Crockett then stood up to the Tennessee High in the second semifinals of a determined rally and finally breathed a sigh of relief after beating the Vikings 58-47.

The Wolves (5-0) will meet the Pioneers (3-1) in the championship competition on Saturday at 7.30 p.m. The same schools also play for the girls’ title Hardee’s Classic; the Lady Wolves and Lady Pioneers compete against each other at 6 p.m. in this final.

“THEY BEAT US IN THE MOUTH”

The Trailblazers (3-2) made all the right moves in the first half against the Wolves and found themselves in the lead with 30-17 in the half. When Boone’s Creed Musick hit their third quarter opening basket, West Ridge was 15 points behind and things weren’t looking good.

Then the wolves went hunting. By the end of the third quarter they had narrowed the gap to 39-34 – and the fourth quarter became blurry. The Wolves hit four 3-pointers in a row and suddenly found themselves back on top with 46-43.

Boone scratched back to tie the game at 50 at 3:05, but the Wolves didn’t want any of this and outperformed the ‘Blazers 13-4 the rest of the way.

“I think we were a little bit confident about ourselves at the beginning of the game and thought we were better than we are,” said West Ridge coach John Dyer. “In the second half it was all about playing better defense and a rebound.

“Give Boone credit: you punched us in the mouth in the first half and that caught our attention.”

Wade Witcher and Dawson Arnold led the Wolves with 16 points each, and Ty Barb added 15.

Musick had 21 points for Boone while Brayden Blankenship added 14 points.

CONFIDENTIAL LOOK

The nightcap looked like it was a repeat of the earlier game. Crockett had a comfortable 35-15 half-time lead and was on the line.

However, Tennessee High began to fight back, closing the gap to 48-43 with 3:42 in the game.

The Pioneers used a 10-5 run to end the game and keep the Vikings (1-3) at bay.

“I kept reminding the guys about what happened in the first game,” said Crockett coach Cody Connell. “We started to take better care of the ball and took some shots.

“I’m proud of the boys. They really wanted to make it to the championship game and take a look at West Ridge. “

Seth Britton had 13 points to lead the Pioneers and Ethan Barnett scored 11.

Ty Hopson led Tennessee High with 13 points and Brandon Dufore added 10.

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