The DeKalb County Tiger Christmas Tournament was not all gumdrops and mistletoe for the Lady Broncos offense on Tuesday night. In a one-sided 52-24 loss, Boyd was on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
The Lady Bronco offense never got out of the gate and the Monterey Lady Wildcat defense pounced with freshly sharpened claws.
Lady Wildcat Taylor Hite led all scorers with a game-high 23 points. She got free from the Boyd defense and stunned the Lady Broncos in the first quarter with four of her five 3-point baskets.
Erin Cantrell from Boyd led the Lady Broncos with nine, all from beyond the arch.
The Boyd defense came out flat-footed versus a very aggressive and persistent Lady Wildcat offense. Boyd was slow to react and Taylor Hite got herself free from the defense not once, not twice, but four times in the first period.
The defense was late to getting past the screen and Taylor Hite had plenty of time to knock down her high-arcing shot over the Boyd defense. Boyd did not have an answer for the Lady Wildcat sharp-shooter. Allie Ragle freed herself for a fifth 3-pointer and the Lady Wildcats fired shot after shot for the lead.
Nothing came easy in the first quarter for the Lady Broncos. Shooting ace Rhiannon Hoover was covered and unable to get free from the constant double team. Hoover was held to just a single basket in the opening quarter.
Her teammate, Morgan Deweese, took the ball into the post and she scored on her first attempt and was then sent to the free-throw line on her second trip inside the Lady Wildcat defense. Deweese knocked down a pair of free throws on her only trip to the charity stripe. At the end of one quarter, Boyd trailed 20-7.
The pace of the game slowed down in the second quarter and the Lady Wildcat offense continued its assault on the basket. Madison Fisher got inside the Lady Bronco defense and went to work. Fisher used her footwork to get inside the defense and the backboard to get her shot to fall.
Ragle was left unattended and the Boyd defense got caught flat-footed again. She connected on her second 3-pointer of the game.
The Lady Bronco offense found its range after Hoover was forced out of the game. A collision near the top of the key sent Hoover to the floor where she hit her head and was helped to the bench.
With Hoover out Erin Cantrell stepped up and fired a 3-pointer that was spot on. It was Cantrell’s first of three deep shots from outside. Mackinzie Pistole slipped past the Lady Wildcat defense for her first points in the paint.
By the end of the first half, the Boyd offense was down its sharpshooting guard and the defense had dug itself a hole as the Lady Broncos trailed 31-17.
Monterey felt the end was near and the Lady Wildcats went into the locker room at the half and sharpened their claws. The Lady Wildcats mauled the Lady Bronco offense in the third period.
Shot after shot fell off the rim for the Lady Broncos and it seemed every attempt was off by mere inches. Stephanie Mullins was the sole source of offense in the third quarter and she fired over the ferocious Monterey defense. Her shot dropped for the only three points in the quarter for Boyd.
Taylor Hite fired her final 3-pointer, as did Courtney Bilbrey. The Monterey offense was relentless to start the second half and after three complete Boyd trailed 47-17.
In the final quarter Boyd started to settle down with Hoover back on the floor. Cantrell connected on two consecutive 3-pointers against the Monterey defense. Emma Rhoton found the basket in the fourth for her only two points.
Monterey pulled back on the reins in the fourth as the Lady Broncos were defeated by a final score of 52-24.
Boyd will go back to the drawing board and play host to DeKalb County at home Jan. 5 with game time scheduled for 6 p.m.
LADY WILDCAT SCORING – Taylor Hite 23, Allie Ragle 10, Courtney Bilbrey 7, Madison Fisher 6, Lauren Clarke 4, Mackenzie Hite 3
LADY BRONCO SCORING – Erin Cantrell 9, Mackinzie Pistole 5, Morgan Deweese 4, Stephanie Mullins 4, Rhiannon Hoover 2, Emma Rhoton 2