The Boyd Lady Broncos got physical on Friday night versus the Lady Falcons from Franklin Christian Academy. At any given time during the matchup, players from either team could hit the floor.
After four grueling quarters, the Lady Broncos defeated the Lady Falcons, 54-36, in Westwood.
The Lady Broncos were led by Rhiannon Hoover who scored a game-high 21 points. Hoover heated up quickly in the first as she connected on three of her five total 3-pointers.
The first quarter of offense by the Lady Broncos set the tone as Hoover came out firing. She wasted little time and she spotted up from behind the arch for her first 3-pointer.
The Lady Bronco offense moved the ball around the perimeter in an attempt to stretch the Lady Falcon defense. With the defense stretched outside the paint, the ball was fed inside to Mackinzie Pistole and she went to work. Pistole drew the contact on her first three attempts under the basket. She shot 3-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Hoover continued to work away from the ball and her teammates screened off the Lady Falcon defenders. Once in the open court, Hoover let it fly and connected from outside the arch twice more before the end of the first quarter.
On the other end of the floor for FCA, the Lady Falcon offense struggled. Emily Harmon and Edye Burke slipped inside past the defense in the low-scoring first quarter for FCA. At the end of one, the Falcons trailed 16-5.
In the second quarter, the FCA defense increased its full-court pressure. The in-your-face pressure forced the Lady Bronco offense into bad decision making and turnovers.
For FCA, Elton Harmon and Burke pulled up and took aim past the 3-point line. The pair fired shots and connected twice from long range. Lauren Robertson helped inside with her first two points.
The Lady Broncos struggled against the more physical play in the second quarter and were perhaps taken back by the aggressiveness of the Lady Falcons. Erin Cantrell hit from outside and Pistole continued her work in the paint. The Falcons continued to trail at the half, 25-15.
The third quarter started where the second left off and for the Lady Broncos, Morgan Deweese stepped up on offense. She battled inside and got past the Lady Falcon defenders for six of her 10-point total.
The Lady Falcons fell off the pace after the half and could not find their rhythm and after three complete, FCA trailed 40-23.
The Lady Bronco lead slowly increased and Hoover pushed the tempo on the Lady Falcon defenders. She buried her fifth 3-pointer over the flat-footed FCA defense. She added a pair of free-throws after she was fouled on her way to the basket.
Deweese and Pistole combined for five points and Stephanie Mullins dropped a pair of free-throws before time expired.
The Lady Broncos return home after Christmas break on Jan. 5 with a non-conference game versus DeKalb County with game time scheduled for 6 p.m.
LADY BRONCO SCORING – Rhiannon Hoover 21, Mackinzie Pistole 13, Morgan Deweese 10, Erin Cantrell 4, Stephaine Mullins 2, Emma Rhoton 1
LADY FALCON SCORING – Edye Burke 15, Elton Harmon 6, Lauren Robertson 4, Emily Harmon 4, Lakota Dodginghorse 4, Deborah Peter 3