The battle between the Boyd Lady Broncos and Irving College Lady Tigers Monday was billed beforehand as one of most anticipated games in the girls 7-8 elementary season. The matchup didn’t disappoint.
Boyd used a second-half rally to keep its undefeated record intact with a 43-36 victory over Irving College.
Irving College’s loss to Dibrell last Thursday kept Monday’s tilt from being a battle of unbeatens, but it was still No. 1 versus No. 2 when the Lady Broncos walked on their home court to tussle with the Lady Tigers.
Boyd lived up to its billing of the dominant team when it started the game on a 10-2 run. Mackinzie Pistole was a scoring machine on the block, getting two quick layups as Irving College coach Eden Fann called a time-out to regroup her team.
The break seemed to work wonders as the Lady Tigers used an 8-0 run to tie the game. Callie Cathcart scored five points during the spurt while sixth-grader Caylie Sherrell came off the bench and connected on a 3-pointer.
A late free throw by Pistole put Boyd ahead 11-10 after the first break.
Irving College took its first lead shortly into the second quarter as Jordan Bess and Candace Wanamaker each scored two quick baskets.
Boyd countered by getting six points from Anna Bain in the period, but 3-pointers by Cathcart and Sherrell sent Irving College into the locker rooms leading 27-23.
Lady Bronco point guard Rhiannon Hoover, who entered the game as the league’s scoring leader, finally made her presence felt in the second half.
After being held to two points in the first half by Cathcart, who shadowed the Boyd star all over the court, Hoover started the second half by making her first two shots. The second, a 3-pointer from the wing, put Boyd back in the lead.
Morgan DeWeese added two buckets in the third quarter for Boyd as the Lady Broncos went into the final period clinging to a 36-32 advantage.
The potent Irving College offense that scored 27 points in the first half never seemed to find its footing in the second half. After totaling five points in the third quarter, most coming on Sherrell’s third 3-pointer, the Lady Tigers could only muster four points in the final period.
It wasn’t enough as Deweese and Pistole each capped 10-point performances with baskets in the fourth quarter for Boyd.
Hoover sealed the deal with two late free throws as Boyd moved to 5-0 this season. The loss dropped Irving College to 3-2, one spot behind the Dibrell Lady Wildcats in the standings.
Bain joined Deweese and Pistole with 10 points while Hoover scored nine. Ashley Kiefer rounded out the scoring for Boyd with four.
Cathcart led Irving College with 13 points, followed by Sherrell with nine. Bess and Wanamaker scored six points each and Cheslee Curtis tallied two.
In other elementary girls action, the Eastside Lady Bulldogs ran their winning streak to two games with a 38-14 victory over the Morrison Lady Eagles.
The Lady Bulldogs lost their first three games, but have bounced back behind the play of Jayden Smith and Rylan Moore. Smith scored 12 points and Moore added 10 Monday in a victory over Morrison.
Rounding out the Eastside scoring was Kaitlyn Brock with six, Lacey Lee with four and Madison Parsley, Micah Sparkman and Grayson Hillis with two points each.
Macy Harrell and Becca Beaty scored three points apiece to lead Morrison, which fell to 1-4. Brooke Murphy, Tevan Holder, Skyler Youngblood and Tyra Wright added two points each.
Also, the Dibrell Lady Wildcats improved to 4-1 Monday with a 28-19 win over the Centertown Lady Warriors.
Rachel Johnson and Sianna Womack led the Lady Wildcats with eight points apiece, followed by six points from Erin Cantrell. Allie Winkler, Ali Wrisner and Michaela Haycox scored two points each.
Alli Howard had nine points to pace the Lady Warriors, who fell to 0-5. Hope Valenta added six, followed by Katelyn Cooper with three and Emilie Blankenship with one.