Boyd’s 7-8 grade girls basketball team will have a unique distinction this year.
The Lady Broncos will have a national champion on the squad.
Boyd student Alaina Stiles was a member of the Tennessee Magic basketball team which won the USBA sixth grade girls national championship in Charleston, S.C., earlier this month. Tennessee Magic is based out of Baxter.
The squad certainly worked its magic in South Carolina as it went undefeated in pool play then breezed through the six-team tournament to capture the title. The Magic beat teams from Augusta, Atlanta, and Tampa on the way to the title.
The Magic defeated The Skills Center Lady Elite 39-17 in the finals.
It was an equally dominating performance in the semifinals as the Magic won 43-19 over Lady TRU Elite.
The Magic sent a message they were the team to beat in pool play with a 50-19 win over the Georgia Sting. The Tennessee Magic’s average margin of victory throughout the four-day tournament was 18.2 points. Stiles scored in every game.
The team was also the 2016 sixth grade AAU Division II Tennessee State Champions.
The experience will serve Stiles well on Boyd’s 7-8 grade basketball team this year. She is a do-it-all player who can bring the ball upcourt, fight for rebounds, or score down low.
Stiles played on Boyd’s 5-6 grade team as a third-grader, and began playing for the 7-8 grade team as a fourth-grader.
Alaina is the daughter of Brandon and Allison Stiles. Alaina got to play on the Magic with her cousin, Brooklyn Crouch, the daughter of Amy and Chad Crouch.