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HEART-breaking end to spectacular season
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The Boyd Christian Lady Broncos are shown with their second-place trophy from the NACA Tournament. Pictured, from left, are Audrey Durham, Jaycie Hodges, Lia Wright, Anna Jones, Sarah Woodruff, Emma Miller, head coach Tim Page, Cydney Perry, Laney Copeland, Krista Chisam, and Kelly Bush.

A Boyd Christian Lady Bronco basketball team that has won more games than any other came painfully close to adding a NACA championship to its list of accomplishments Friday in Dayton.

The Lady Broncos lost in overtime, 65-57, to HEART Homeschool to capture the second-place trophy.

It brings to an end a 35-4 season for the Boyd girls that saw the team put together an 18-game winning streak and a 14-game winning streak.

“I’m really proud of the grit that this team has shown all season,” said Boyd head coach Tim Page. “The seniors really stepped up, and I couldn’t be prouder of the example they set for the younger players both on and off the court. Losing them will be a big loss, but we have some young and exciting players coming up who will look to fill those shoes.”

Lia Wright led the Lady Broncos and became the top scorer in the championship with 24, just one more than HEART’s Kelsey Bowen who scored 23. Wright dominated on the inside consistently for the Lady Broncos and made plenty of foul shots.

HEART held a slight early lead, outscoring Boyd in the first quarter 16-14. Laney Copeland, Audrey Durham and Jaycie Hodges all made a 3 in the first quarter, and Copeland would continue nailing 3s the rest of the game.

In the second quarter, Wright scored plenty of inside shots for Boyd, and the two teams both scored 14 points that quarter to give HEART a 2-point lead going into the second half, 30-28. Copeland and Durham both added another 3 in the third quarter to keep the Lady Broncos alive.

The fourth quarter is where it got interesting as HEART was up by 3, and the Lady Broncos were hungry for the title. HEART’s Katie Tagliaferra made a 3 and four foul shots to continue scoring, but Copeland with some inside baskets and Wright with four free throws of her own helped pull Boyd up to a tie ballgame and send it to overtime.

Overtime is where the Lady Broncos lost the championship as Bowen made a couple inside shots and three free throws to help secure the tournament win over Boyd 65-57. 

In boys action, the Boyd Christian Broncos placed third in the boys tournament, winning the consolation game beating HEART 71-69 with Christian Rogers scoring 33 points. 

“It was a fun way to end the season,” said head coach Chris Perry. “I’m happy they went out on a high note and I can’t wait to see what we can continue to build with these younger guys.”

BOYD CHRISTIAN LADY BRONCOS – Lia Wright 24, Laney Copeland 14, Audrey Durham 10, Jaycie Hodges 6, Anna Jones 3

HEART HOMESCHOOL TOP SCORERS – Kelsey Bowen 23, Katie Tagliaferra 14, Alyssa Keister 11, Abby Keister 10

Boys Consolation Game

BOYD CHRISTIAN BRONCOS – Christian Rogers 33, Sam Page 16, Cameron Chilcutt 8, Jake Jones 8, Ashton Forth 4, Jordan Perry 2

HEART HOMESCHOOL TOP SCORERS – Michael Lusher 28, Andrew Bush 16, Kyle Warner 13