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Boyd, Eastside earn victories
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The seventh- and eighth-grade girls elementary season began on Tuesday night with the preseason Morrison Ruritan tournament.On the first night of action, the Boyd Lady Broncos and Eastside Lady Bulldogs started their seasons with wins. Boyd defeated the Irving College Lady Tigers 34-22 and Eastside edged the Centertown Lady Warriors 31-24.Boyd and Irving College kicked off action at Morrison Elementary gym and the Lady Broncos looked like a team ready to erase a last-place effort last season.Boyd got a standout performance from Rhiannon Hoover to tame the Lady Tigers.Hoover scored 15 points, most coming on 3-pointers, to lead the Lady Broncos to victory.Hoover was a difference maker from the opening tip. The Lady Bronco point guard scored five points in the first quarter, including sinking her first of three 3-pointers.Ashley Kiefer added two baskets as Boyd led 11-6 after the first six minutes.Three-point plays by Kesley Mullican and Jordan Bess temporarily cut into the Lady Bronco lead, but Hoover dropped another long-distance shot and MacKinzie Pistole connected on a three-point play of her own to help Boyd lead 17-12 entering halftime.The Lady Broncos began to pull away in the second half.