The Lady Tigers from DeKalb County pounced on the Lady Broncos on Tuesday evening. Boyd Christian was down in the first and it only got worse as the game progressed. Boyd was without its sharp shooting guard in the 56-31 loss to DeKalb County.
Ashli Chew from DeKalb County led all scorers with a game-high 12 points.
Mackinzie Pistole and Morgan Young were the high scorers for Boyd. Each had eight points. Pistole earned all her points from the free-throw line where she shot a perfect 8-of-8. Young launched an aerial assault late in the game and connected on a pair of deep 3-pointers.
The Tigers came out and quickly showed a full-court pressure defense against the Lady Bronco offense. Boyd struggled to get the ball up the floor on several attempts. When Boyd did get the ball across midcourt, DeKalb County’s defense was relentless and forced turnover after turnover.
Pistole went to work inside and when she did catch the ball she made a quick move to the basket. Pistole got the contact and went to the line where she knocked down 2-of-2 in the first.
Stephanie Mullins got free from the Tiger defense just long enough to get a look. The defense closed quickly and Mullins was fouled as she released her shot. Mullins scored her only three points in the first period.
For DeKalb County, Morgan Pedigo let it fly from behind the arch. She connected twice from downtown for the Lady Tigers and once inside for her only eight points of the contest.
Chew picked off several pass attempts during the full-court pressure and she scored easily in transition. After the first period, Boyd trailed 18-7.
The Lady Tiger attack continued and the ferocious defense dug its claws into the Lady Bronco offense. DeKalb County outscored Boyd in the second, 17-2. The Lady Tigers were not bashful in their pursuit of the basketball and the defensive effort made for easy points.
Chew matched her first-quarter total of five points with five more in the second. Jailyn Bolding scored a pair of baskets against the Lady Bronco defense and Hannah Panter was sent to the free-throw line where she buried both shots just before the half.
The Lady Bronco offense came out flat and obviously frustrated against the quick and aggressive Lady Tiger defense. It didn’t stop Jaden Vining who slipped behind the defense and attempted a quick shot. Vining was fouled and sent to the free-throw line. She connected on both for her first two points of the half.
DeKalb County extended its lead at the half to 35-9 and Boyd knew headed into the locker room it needed to regroup.
The second half was almost a mirror image of the first half. Boyd found its range again in the third quarter and Pistole carried the Lady Bronco offense. The Lady Tiger offense hammered Pistole inside over and over. She shot a perfect 6-of-6 through the third quarter.
Joni Robinson and Bolding continued to work on offense from beyond the arch. The two combined on a pair of deep 3-point shot and maintained the lead for DeKalb County and after three Boyd trailed 46-17.
In the fourth quarter, Boyd was finally able to get Morgan Deweese involved inside. She was held scoreless the three previous quarters and finished strong with six. Young highlighted the final period for Boyd when she dialed up a pair of shots from long distance and connected. She finished with eight.
In a one-sided win the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Broncos, 56-31. The Lady Broncos will be back at home Jan. 12 versus Providence with game time scheduled for 6 p.m.
LADY TIGER SCORING – Ashli Chew 12, Joni Robinson 11, Morgan Pedigo 8, Jailyn Bolding 7, Abbey Evans 6, Macy Hedge 5, Hannah Panter 3, Madison Parsley 2, Lydia Brown 2
LADY BRONCO SCORING – Mackinzie Pistole 8, Morgan Young 8, Morgan Deweese 6, Jaden Vining 4, Stephanie Mullins 3, Emma Rhoton 2