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Boyd braces for season's second half
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Jeffery Simmons photos Erica Cantrell fights for a rebound in traffic during a home game against Franklin Christian. Cantrell and the Lady Broncos enter the second half of the season at 6-5 overall and 3-0 in Middle Tenneseee Athletic Conference games.

Preaching patience was on both Brent Warren and Jamie Brock's to-do list when the Boyd basketball season started. The Broncos and Lady Broncos had made it a habit of hanging banners in each of the last two seasons, but many of the players responsible for titles graduated in May.

Through the first two months of the season, both Boyd coaches realize rebuilding the roster will be a season-long process.

"A lot of the girls have never studied game film or stats and actually game planned based on film because our team being so young," said Warren, the leader of the Lady Broncos. "They are starting to understand how to use these tools to get better and it's showing on the court. Our last three games, we averaged 56 points and held each opponents to 33 points or less."

Three straight wins pushed to the Lady Broncos to 6-5 overall. The Boyd girls are also mounting an early case at a title defense in the Middle Tennesee Athletic Conference, starting 3-0 in conference games.

Coach Brock, who has seen his Broncos start 3-9, has seen his young team go through growing pains.

"Our season to date has been much like our games - inconsistent," said Brock. "We played very well at times with ounstanding performances by individuals and the team as a whole. We really struggled at other times and lost some games we shouldn't have.

"Our youth and limited game experience have certainly contributed to the lack of consistency."

Consistency is what Warren believes his Lady Broncos showed in late December, particularly in their best performance - a 55-31 victory over Franklin Christian.

"We were at home and played well all four quarters," said Warren. "The last three games, we have played well on offense and defense. We had some players step up from the bench and our team chemistry is starting to come together."

Rising to the challenge in the moment is something Brock is still wanting to see his Broncos do night-tonight, but he saw glimpses of what his boys team is capable of on Dec. 7 on the road against Lancaster.
"The win against Lancaster was our best performance. It was a back and forth game, but we were able to put things together at the end," said Brock. "The thing that makes that one stand out is the way the team came together in the second half and worked together for a win."

Brock believes with a set lineup - the Broncos have dealt with several injuries among their starters - that the second half of the season can be great for his team.

"I'm very excited to get back to action. I see the progress we're making and I know there are several wins headed our way," said Brock. "I believe we will surprise teams. By the time the tournament gets here, we will be that team no one wants to play."

Warren is also confident his Lady Broncos can mount a title defense, but he wants to take his time getting his team ready.

"We are taking it one game at a time. The next game is our focus," said Warren. "We will continue to have that mindset the rest of the year. If we do that, we will be right where we want to be at the end of the year."

Boyd gets back in action with a home game Tuesday, Jan. 9 against Riverside Christian. It kicks off a three-game homestand, one which ends Saturday, Jan. 13 when the Bronos and Lady Broncos play host to crosstown rival Covenant.