Without the ability to go 5-on-5 in practice, nobody really knew what the Lady Broncos would look like in live action. Turns out Boyd didn’t need the extra work.
Boyd has started the season with a pair of victories, beating Daniel One Academy last week 53-24 in its home opener before going on the road and downing Lighthouse 48-26 Tuesday.
“It was hard to gauge when you can’t run 5-on-5 in practice, but we work really well as a team,” said new Boyd girls coach Erin Blalock. “We’re able to keep our composure really well. We’re small in numbers (eight players), but we shoot well, see the court well and keep each other pumped up.”
Senior Zoe Witty started the year with a bang, scoring 23 points in the season opener against Daniel One Academy. She’s part of a four-player senior class Blalock is leaning on to produce success.
“All our seniors are versatile. They all have their strengths and provide good leadership,” said Blalock.
Blalock loves the all-around ability of Kapri Talley, while Witty and Lexi Loader are heady guards with the ability to control the game. McKenna Powell is an experienced post who is a great leader.
Here’s some other highlights of the Lady Bronco program:
We, not me
“We have run with the motto of ‘we, not me,’ for this season. We understand basketball is much more than individuals on the court. It is about teamwork, sportsmanship and character – both on and off the court,” said Blalock.
There’s no way to be around the Boyd program without hearing “we, not me,” several times.
Blalock is in her first year as coach, taking over after Brent Warren left to coach the WCHS freshman girls team. Warren was with the program for several years, helping build a strong winning tradition within the Lady Bronco program.
“There’s adjustments playing for somebody new, but their attitude is really good,” said Blalock, who played for the Lady Pioneers from 1996-2000.
Blalock has coached basketball teams in Coffee County and recently spent four years as an assistant volleyball coach at WCHS.
With numbers limited, Boyd has added a pair of first-time varsity players. Freshman Cheyenne Kniffin and junior Syd Durham are already providing quality minutes for the Lady Broncos.
“Cheyenne and Syd are brand new. They’re still learning, but they’re adapting well,” said Blalock.
Results from Boyd’s home game against Covenant Academy were unavailable at press time. See Sunday’s Standard for more information, along with a feature on the Covenant boys basketball team.