The home opener for the Boyd High School basketball teams couldn’t have gone any worse on Tuesday night.
The Broncos were beaten by the Van Buren County Eagles 91-60 while the Lady Broncos lost 48-14 to the Lady Eagles.
A pair of 30-point losses weren’t what coaches Chris Sullens and Donna Newby envisioned when the Broncos and Lady Broncos took the court at J.K. Stanley Gymnasium for the first time this season.
Van Buren County was dominant in both games as Boyd’s small squads couldn’t compete with the Lady Eagles and Eagles.
In the first game, the Lady Broncos fell behind 23-5 at halftime and weren’t much better in the second half.
Sophomore guard Sarah Owens scored all five of her team’s first-half points. Most of those came on a 3-pointer in the second quarter.
Following the break, Kaci Lupo, Ashley Newby and Marisa Hillis each hit baskets in the third as Boyd more than doubled its first-half output.
Annie Niles got into the scoring column with a layup in the fourth and Owens connected on a layup, but the Lady Broncos never came close to erasing Van Buren County’s massive lead.
Owens led the team with six points. Lupo, Newby, Hillis and Niles finished with two points apiece.
The Broncos suffered the same fate as the Lady Broncos, but the scoring was increased significantly.
Sophomore Jake Driver showed off great touch from deep, connecting on four 3-pointers on his way to an 18-point night.
Senior Brody Fernandez followed with 15 points, but Boyd saw Van Buren County open a 28-13 lead after the first quarter and grow it to 31 by the end of the night.
J.T. Morgan scored his 750th career point in the fourth quarter and finished with eight points on the night. Freshman Colin Stubblefield and Justin Wilson added eight points apiece while Christian Barrett rounded out the scoring with five.
The Broncos will be back in action this weekend with a pair of home games.
The boys team will play host to Benton Hall tonight at 6 p.m. and welcome Franklin Classical on Saturday night. Tomorrow’s tip-off will also be at 6 p.m.