Thursday night in Westwood, the Boyd Christian Lady Broncos faced the Centertown Lady Warriors in a game that would be played very close right until the end.
Centertown would corral the Lady Broncos in the end and pick up the victory, 44-39.
Stephanie Mullins from Boyd and Gracie Self from Centertown shared the game-high scoring honor by scoring 15 points each for their teams.
In the early stages of the game, both teams were able to find points while trying to establish their offense. Four of the five starters for both teams scored in the first quarter with a slight 10-8 advantage going to Centertown.
The game remained close right up until the half, with both teams stepping up to the challenge presented to them by their opponents. The long ball showed up in the second quarter by Mullins for the Lady Broncos and Self for the Lady Warriors both connecting from behind the 3-point line.
At the half, both teams were playing well on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, but Centertown would have a slight advantage going into the locker room with a 21-18 lead.
Coming out of the locker rooms with fresh legs and a second-half plan, the Lady Broncos matched the Lady Warriors stride for stride. It appeared as though it would come down to who made the fewest mistakes. Mullins and Self again shot the ball from behind the arch and connected on 3-point baskets. Ashley Vandagriff would help Boyd by also scoring points in the third quarter, while Drew Davis added to the Lady Warrior point total.
Centertown led 32-27 as the final quarter began and both teams were off and running, pushing the ball inside and seeking points from underneath. Full-court pressure was applied and both these two teams struggled to get the ball down the floor cleanly.
Turnovers in the closing minutes would catch up to the Lady Broncos on Thursday night.
LADY WARRIOR SCORING – Gracie Self 15, Macie Walker 10, Drew Davis 8, Page Duke 6, Abbey Bain 4, Ricki Valenta 1
LADY BRONCO SCORING – Stephanie Mullins 15, Erica Cantrell 8, Jaden Vining 7, Alaina Stiles 5, Ashley Vandagriff 2, Breanna Jones 2