However, the Blue Devils closed Tuesday night’s interstate contest against Daniel Boone on an 11-3 run to win 70-55 inside the Devils’ Den.
It was Gate City’s 66th home victory in its last 67 tries.
Blue Devils senior guard Bradley Dean netted a game-high 23 points and moved to within 30 of eclipsing 2,000 for his career.
The Devils did not shoot particularly well, making just five 3-pointers on the night. Andrew Hensley had three of them as part of his 20-point effort.
“It’s late season and we’re trying to figure some things out. Adding in a nonconference game really throws things, too,” Gate City coach Scott Vermillion said. “This was two teams trying to make a run in their conference and we were playing each other when our staff and kids like each other. We didn’t shoot it well and neither did they.
“Brad didn’t shoot it as well as he would have liked to, and I think part of that could be the 2,000 in his head.”
Cade Norris was the high man for Boone, finishing with 16 points. Jared Adkins had 14.
“I thought we guarded well and we didn’t foul a whole lot,” Trailblazers coach Chris Brown said. “We missed a lot of shots. We were 4-for-19 from 3 and 17-for-45 from 2. Throw in 10 missed layups, and you can’t do that against good teams.”
LADY BLUE DEVILS HOLD ON
After the Lady Trailblazers forged several ties in the final minutes, Kendal Quillen hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 53.3 seconds left to put the Lady Blue Devils up 42-39, and Gate City went on to win 43-41.
The Lady Blue Devils played without star junior guard Sarah Thompson, who was out with an ankle injury. She is expected to be back for Friday’s Mountain 7 District game against Lee.
The Lady Trailblazers rallied with 13 unanswered points to tie it at 37 with 2:10 left to play, and they had ample opportunities to take the lead for good.
Boone’s surge came after Gate City guard Macey Mullins exited with an ankle injury and did not return.
“I thought we played really hard and played with a little bit of an edge tonight because we didn’t have Sarah,” Gate City coach Kelly Houseright said. “Macey went out at a really crucial time in the game and that hurt. Kendal and Sam (Jerrell) have really stepped up the past few weeks and willed us to some big wins. That’s what you expect seniors to do, though.”
The Lady Blue Devils built a 24-12 after halftime with help from multiple Boone turnovers. Jaycie Jenkins had nine of Boone’s dozen first-half points and finished with a game-high 16.
No one scored in double figures in Gate City’s team effort. Riley Houseright finished with nine points and freshman Kayli Dunn netted eight.