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The turn of the calendar hasn’t affected the Boyd Lady Broncos. After beginning the season with four straight wins in 2012, the Lady Broncos have picked up right where they left off with two more wins in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference.
Boyd improved its record to a league-best 6-0 with a 67-39 victory over the Western Kentucky Lady Trailblazers last week and a 62-17 thumping of Faith Trinity Tuesday.
The Lady Broncos made huge strides last year when the high school team moved into the MTAC after playing years in District 9-A. Boyd won seven games in the 2011-12 season, but the Lady Broncos look poised to top that number this season.
With seniors Marisa Hillis and Ashley Newby leading the way, Boyd remains unbeaten in conference play.
Hillis had double figures in both games while Newby has been the steady force at point guard for the Lady Broncos.
Against Western Kentucky, Hillis and Newby were hot from the start as the team built a 14-2 lead in the first quarter. Hillis and Newby each had four points while Claire LeDuc added five.
Western Kentucky stormed back in the second quarter, scoring 19 points to trim the Lady Bronco lead to 27-21 by halftime. Newby hit a big 3-pointer to stymie the Lady Trailblazer run before halftime.
Coach Greta Hoover decided to unleash her young guns in the second half and the game quickly turned into a blowout.
Eighth-grader Mackinzie Pistole came off the bench to score 17 points in the third quarter, putting Boyd ahead by 22 entering the final quarter.
Fellow eighth-grader Rhiannon Hoover finished off Western Kentucky by scoring five of the team’s 17 points in the fourth quarter, including sinking a 3-pointer to begin the period.
Pistole’s 17 points in one quarter ended up leading the team against Western Kentucky. Newby finished with 13, followed by Hillis with 10. LeDuc and Hoover had nine points each.
Boyd used another quick start to get the best of Faith Trinity Tuesday night. With Sammye Jo Medley coming off the bench to score seven points, aided by a 3-pointer before the buzzer, the Lady Broncos built a 23-7 lead in the first quarter.
Brea Moody scored all five of the Lady Broncos’ points in the second quarter as the game went to the locker rooms with Boyd lead 28-12.
The floodgates opened in the third quarter though. LeDuc hit four straight shots, Newby and Medley splashed in 3-pointers and Bailey Gilliam was true on two jumpers as Boyd outscored Faith Trinity 24-4 in the period.
By the time the fourth quarter began, Boyd held a commanding 52-16 advantage.
Hillis scored eight points in the final quarter to give her a game-high 14 points, three less than Faith Trinity scored as a team. Medley was next with 12, followed by LeDuc with 10.
The Lady Broncos will be back in action tonight at home against Holloway. Action at J.K. Stanley Gymnasium is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.