Boyd Christian School almost bucked the odds as the Lady Broncos fought hard for a championship run against the Dibrell Lady Wildcats on Thursday night in the 7-8 grade basketball tournament at Warren County High School.
Having defeated the No. 4 seed to reach the semifinals, Boyd fell shy of the championship game as Dibrell took care of business, 38-24.
“Our girls are where they expected to be, in the championship,” said Dibrell Lady Wildcat coach Marc Pyburn. “They have worked their tails off since September for this one moment. We know Morrison will be tough, but my girls, especially my eighth-graders, will play their last game with heart, hustle and Lady Wildcat pride.”
Consistency was the key word for the Lady Wildcats as they scored 10 points in the first and second quarters, going into the break with a 20-7 lead. Shooting 8-of-13 from the line for 62 percent, Dibrell was definitely rolling steady toward the championship game Saturday.
Leading the Lady Bronco offense was Alaina Stiles, who scored in all four quarters with a double-digit total of 14 points. Sydney Burger added 6 points and Breanna Jones and Anna Jones both hit for 2 points.
From the free-throw line, the Lady Broncos hit for 9-of-20 for 45 percent, leaving some points behind mainly in the first quarter as they went 5-of-8 in fourth-quarter foul shots.
Dibrell’s Kylie Young hit for 14 total points including 2-or-2 from the foul line followed by Rhealee Johnson with 11 points. JuJu Pyburn scored 7 and Sadie Simmons hit for 6 points rounding out the Lady Warrior tally.
The Dibrell Lady Wildcats advanced to face the Morrison Lady Eagles for the championship on Saturday at Warren County High School. Results were not available at press time.
Boyd’s Lady Broncos faced Irving College on Saturday to determine who takes third place in the tournament.