Frantic finishes were the calling card of elementary action at J.K. Stanley Gymnasium Monday night. In both games, the home squad was able to protect home court in the final minutes.
The Lady Broncos erased a five-point defecit in the final quarter to top Dibrell 20-15, while two late free throws from Nathan Turner helped the Boyd boys beat the Wildcats 33-31.
The Boyd girls entered the fourth quarter trailing 13-8. Needing a boost, coach Allison Stiles decided to turn up the heat on Dibrell.
"We went to man-to-man fullcourt pressure," said Stiles. "We got a few steals and baskets as a result. It was an exciting game and we're grateful to get the win."
Bella Stiles and Ava Jones were at the forefront of the press and were able to get two layups apiece. Jones finished with a team-high 10 points, followed by Stiles with 8 and Lia Bedwell with 2.
Lily Rains led Dibrell with 7 points, while Abby Sullivan scored 4 and Sophie Woodlee and Emily Davis finished with 2 points each.
It was fitting Turner was at the line to give the Broncos a chance at victory. Turner calmly sank the late go-ahead free throws, part of an 18-point night. Kaden Mowl added 8 points as Boyd beat Dibrell for the third time this season. Thomas Burks chipped in 3, while Keyton Reno and Jordan Perry each had 2 points.
Garrison Randolph nearly shot Dibrell to victory. Randolph scored 20 points, including four second-half 3-pointers. Matthew Arnold added 8, while Zack Mullican scored 3.