The Boyd High School girls basketball team finally had to break a sweat Tuesday night when the Lady Broncos took the court at J.K. Stanley Gymnasium against the Daniel 1 Academy Lady Lions.
After winning their first two games by a combined 88 points, the Lady Broncos entered the final quarter trailing the Lady Lions before storming back to beat Daniel 1 Academy 48-39.
With the win, Boyd kept its undefeated record intact as the Lady Broncos have won their first three games.
Boyd barely had to struggle to pick up wins over Faith Trinity and Currey Ingram, but the Lady Lions proved to be a stern test for the Lady Broncos.
Leaning on young guns Rhiannon Hoover and MacKenzie Pistole, Boyd battled back in the final period for its third straight win.
The Lady Broncos trailed by one entering the fourth quarter, but Boyd outscored the visiting team 18-8 in the final eight minutes.
Hoover, who was a catalyst when Boyd fell behind by seven in the first quarter, helped steady the Lady Broncos with her ball handling in the final quarter while Pistole was unstoppable in the paint.
Hoover set up Ashley Newby for a 3-pointer when the fourth quarter started, then Pistole added a layup as Boyd took the lead for good.
Senior Marisa Hillis added back-to-back baskets midway through the fourth quarter, then Newby sank a dagger 3-pointer with a minute to play to put Boyd up by nine.
In the closing seconds when the Lady Lions started to foul, it was the Lady Broncos’ youngest players who went to the line. Hoover and Pistole, both eighth-graders, combined to hit six free throws in the final minute as Boyd prevailed by nine.
Boyd found itself down 16-11 after the first quarter before coach Donna Newby went to the bench and brought in her star substitutes.
Hoover responded with five points in the second quarter and Hillis added a big three-point play as Boyd took a 21-20 lead into the locker rooms.
Hoover kept the hot hand in the third period as she scored seven points, including sinking a 3-pointer, to provide most of Boyd’s offense. The Lady Lions responded with seven points from Sarah Cody to swing the lead back to the visitors 31-30 entering the final period.
Pistole’s prowless in the paint and Newby’s timely shooting from the outside was enough for Boyd to continue its winning streak.
Hoover finished with a team-high 14 points for Boyd. Hillis followed with 13, while Newby had 11.
Hoover was the third different Lady Bronco to lead the team in scoring this season.
In the team’s season opener against Faith Trinity, a 56-9 triumph, Hillis led the team with 12 points while Bailey Gilliam scored 10.
The Lady Broncos’ second victory came when Boyd crushed Currey Ingram 57-14 behind 13 points from Newby, 12 points from Sammye Jo Medley and 10 points from Rachel Campbell.
The Lady Broncos will hit the road for the first time tomorrow when the team travels to play Franklin Christian Academy. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.