If the Boyd Lady Bronco seventh- and eighth-grade basketball team ever decides to rethink its nickname, maybe the team should go with the “Lady Bombers.”
The outside shooting of Rhiannon Hoover, Ashley Kiefer and Mackinzie Pistole overwhelmed the Eastside Lady Bulldogs as Boyd took home the Morrison Ruritan tournament title with a 28-12 win Friday night.
Boyd didn’t venture into the paint much on offense, but the team really didn’t need to. Hoover led a group of sharpshooters from the Lady Broncos who made a living by hitting open 18-footers against the Lady Bulldogs.
Hoover was the star on Friday as the Lady Bronco point guard outscored Eastside on her own.
With an array of jumpers from the top of the key, wings and baselines, Hoover was able to score 13 points to give the Lady Broncos the title.
While Boyd’s shooting lit up the scoreboard, the Lady Bronco defense did its best to make sure Eastside stayed off the boards.
The Lady Bulldogs didn’t score in the first quarter, then were held to a single free throw in the second quarter as the team went into halftime trailing 12-1.
Lanae Hodge finally scored Eastside’s first field goal in the third quarter, but Boyd continued to increase its lead by leaning on outside shooting.
Kiefer buried two long jumpers from the right wing and Hoover was able to connect on two shots of her own as Boyd led 23-6 entering the fourth quarter.
Hodge tried to lead a comeback attempt but the rally ended when Eastside’s top scorer left the game with three minutes to play and never returned.
Hodge had temporarily brought Eastside within 10 by scoring six straight points to start the fourth quarter, but while scrambling for a loose ball near midcourt, Hodge was hit in the head by one of her teammates and slammed her jaw on the court.
The double dose of head trauma sent Hodge to the locker room for an extended period and her return to the bench lasted only long enough to see Boyd hit three free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Pistole finished with seven points for Boyd. Kiefer added six while Anna Bain rounded out the scoring with two.
Hodge had 10 of Eastside’s 12 points. Tevan Holder and Smith scored one point apiece.
Six players from Friday night’s championship game were honored as all-tournament players following the game. Hoover, Pistole and Kiefer were each selected from Boyd while Hodge, Smith and Rylan Moore received recognition from Eastside. Also selected to the team were, Irving College’s Jordan Bess, Centertown’s Alana Ortiz, Marlee Smith and Sianna Womack from Dibrell and Brooke Murphy and Lauren Childers from Morrison.