For most of the 2013 season the Boyd Lady ‘Jackets have been labeled an underdog, and Tuesday night was no different.
Entering their first playoff game in school history, the Lady ‘Jackets were out to prove they were no fluke. After a slow start, they did just that, rising to the occasion with a large and loud Boyd following as they took down No. 16 Grandview in four games.
Boyd (24-17) won the bi-district playoff match 14-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 at Chisholm Trail High School in Fort Worth.
“It feels really amazing,” Boyd coach Dusty Crafton said. “My kids have worked so hard. They (Grandview)were ranked 16th, and people didn’t even expect us to make the playoffs. I love being the underdog and proving people wrong.”
Boyd advances to take on No. 12 Callisburg (37-4) Saturday at Sanger High School beginning at 2 p.m.
After losing the first game, the Boyd ladies hardly trailed the rest of the night. They jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second game and never fell behind.
Grandview tied it at 9-9, but a Brooklyn Scarborough kill ignited a 6-3 run for the Lady ‘Jackets. She led Boyd with 10 kills.
The Lady Zebras came back to tie it again 17-17, but an 8-3 Boyd run ended the game.
“In game one it was nerves, and we just needed to play our game,” Crafton said. “I told them it’s not out of reach to do this.”
The Lady ‘Jackets faced their biggest adversity in the third game. They jumped out to a 6-2 lead and kept that margin until Grandview was forced to take a timeout when they trailed 16-11.
The Lady Zebras responded out of the break, coming back to within two at 22-20, forcing Boyd to use a timeout.
Up 24-23, Boyd forced a Grandview error to pull out a crucial game three and tilt the match in their favor.
“We kept talking about next-point mentality,” Crafton said. “If we make a mistake it doesn’t matter because we play for the next point.”
Boyd fell behind 5-3 early in the fourth set but responded with an 8-4 run to take the lead. They never looked back.
After the game was tied again 13-13, Boyd never trailed again ending the game on a 12-4 run.
“I’m so amazed with Boyd,” Crafton said. “We have so much support from our community, our administration and our school. The support was amazing.
“Our fans outnumbered them, and I know that helped our kids.”
Britney Howard led with 12 digs and Maddie Busch had four blocks.
Baylie Harris handed out 23 assists.