It may be one of the friendliest rivalries, but there’s always a little extra motivation every time Boyd and Covenant clash on the court.
Boyd picked up local bragging rights Thursday, sweeping the visiting Lions on its homecourt. The Broncos took the first game 62-52, while the Lady Broncos stayed unbeaten with a 35-21 victory.
“While this is certainly a rivalry game, I really root for the success of all our local teams,” said Boyd coach Chris Perry. “Covenant is a good team that is sound fundamentally. They have certainly improved their program over the years.”
Christian Rogers bullied his way to a season-high 25 points, while Jordan Hoover scored 10 as the Broncos were able to lead most of the way against Covenant. It was a far cry from their meeting in the preseason, though the Bronco improvement didn’t shock the other sideline.
“We saw them in a scrimmage and they were still trying to put in everything with a new coach,” said Covenant coach Ryan Smith. “They’ve improved quickly, which we knew they would. We made our runs, they just hit big shots.”
Boyd built its biggest lead in the second quarter, leading by 18 at one point before Covenant started chipping away.
The Lions slowly worked back into the game, though Rogers always seemed to have the answer around the rim. The Bronco post had eight of his team’s 12 points in the third quarter, when Boyd took a 45-35 lead into the final eight minutes.
Baskets by Terry Hines and Ethan Hillis twice cut the Boyd lead to eight, but Hoover put the game away with a high-arching triple out of a timeout midway through the final period that made it 50-39. From there, Covenant was never able to get the game back in single digits.
Bryson Stiles had nine points, but the 6-foot-7 post was just as important on the glass and at the rim, where he pulled down several contested rebounds and swatted four shots. Jace Oliver added eight points for Boyd, all coming in the second quarter when he hit two 3-pointers.
Hines led Covenant with 18 points, followed by Hillis with 14. David Netherton added 11.
Zoe Witty’s 13 points and 11 more from Kapri Talley helped the Lady Broncos hold off the Lady Lions in a slugfest.
“It wasn’t a pretty game, but the girls made adjustments and found a way to win,” said Boyd coach Erin Blalock. “Covenant has a good team – they’re a quick and scrappy team that didn’t let up.”
Anna Jones added nine points as Boyd improved to 3-0 this year. Syd Durham also had a basket in the victory.
Jaelin Stovall scored seven points for Covenant, followed by Erica Clay with five, Savannah Duggin with four, Madisen Madewell with three and Sarah Sharpe with two.