High school basketball is not as far away as you might think. Teams are already getting started and the Boyd Christian Broncos are among those getting prepared for another season.
One “Major” change this year for the Broncos will be the position of head coach. Former head coach Buddy Majors, who led Boyd last season to a championship in the MTAC, has handed the reins over to his son, Lucas Majors, who assisted him during last season’s championship run.
Boyd athletic director Brent Warren told the Standard that even though Lucas is only 25 years old, he is very capable of leading the Broncos. Lucas Majors worked tirelessly during last season’s championship run, Warren said.
Boyd lost three seniors last year and will play with only one senior this year, Ethan Phillips. The Broncos are holding a talented trio of juniors, all three played on last season’s championship team. Tyler Beaty, Isaiah Blanton, and Trey Cantrell all bring something different to the Boyd offense.
Beaty is a threat on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he can do it all from pulling up and firing 3-pointers to driving the lane or posting up. He is a versatile player and multiple teams last season had a hard time trying to contain him.
Defensively, Beaty has quick hands and feet and moves around the court well. He reads the offense and can anticipate where the ball is going. He cleans off the glass well on both ends and can jump as high as anyone he has faced.
Blanton’s game is very similar to Beaty. He can leap high for rebounds on both ends of the court. Blanton has a quick first step to the basket and explodes to the rim. He also has the ability to pull up and shoot over the defense.
He is also quick on defense and Blanton reads the floor as well as anyone at Boyd.
Cantrell gets it done outside and has one of the best shots at Boyd. He can handle the ball extremely well in traffic so he will probably handle the ball quite extensively for Boyd. Cantrell will force the defense to come out and play beyond the 3-point line.
The Lady Broncos are returning all but one Lady Bronco from last season and are poised to make a run at this year’s championship as well as the boys.
If you do not know who Rhiannon Hoover is, chances are you will by the end of the Lady Broncos season. She can shoot and if Hoover is left open for any amount of time she is not afraid to let it fly.
Other Lady Broncos from last season that will share the load for the Lady Broncos are Mackinzie Pistole and Morgan DeWeese.
Watch for future updates on the basketball programs at Boyd. The Broncos opens their 2015 season Nov. 13 versus Lighthouse Christian.