After only holding a one-point lead at the half, Boyd’s offense came alive in the third quarter, as the Lady ‘Jackets held on for the win Tuesday.
Boyd (5-0) took down the Bridgeport Sissies (5-1), 45-41.
“Bridgeport did a nice job, and they never quit,” Boyd coach Lynn Cranfill said. “This is the kind of win we needed.”
Leading 24-23 beginning the third quarter, McKenzie Elkins put Boyd on her shoulders for the first four minutes of the second half.
Elkins scored eight consecutive points and nine in the quarter, as the Lady ‘Jackets opened the period on an 8-0 run. Boyd led by as many as 12 and took a 39-28 advantage to the fourth.
“We made a few adjustments at halftime and brought McKenzie out from the basket,” Cranfill said. “We also let her control the ball a little bit because they weren’t guarding her and they were doubling on Amber [Montgomery].
“She [Elkins] was getting a lot of touches, and she was feeling it. If she’s feeling it, she lets it fly.”
Bridgeport battled back in the fourth quarter. The Sissies opened the final frame on a 5-0 run.
Boyd extended the lead back to 43-33, before Bridgeport made another run with a minute to go. The Lady ‘Jackets missed two front ends of one-and-one attempts, and the Sissie took advantage, cutting their deficit to 43-37 with 28 seconds left.
Elkins hit one free throw to bring the lead back to seven, but the Sissies got to within 44-41 when Megan Sturdivant completed a three-point play.
Montgomery took the inbounds pass for Boyd and was fouled. She connected on one of the two free-throw attempts with a second remaining to put the game away.
“We are young in some spots and some of them didn’t want that hot potato there at the end,” Cranfill said. “It’s a good experience for us though, and it’s good to come out with a win.”
Boyd opened the first quarter much like they did the third. The Lady ‘Jackets started the game on a 12-3 run, before the Sissies closed the first on a 6-0 run.
The Sissies took a 13-12 lead early in the second on a Gabby Mindieta jumper. Abbey Harrell put Boyd back on top, 24-20, with just under two minutes left in the half.
Leah Guinn added a 3-pointer to put Bridgeport within 24-23 before the half.
Elkins led the way for Boyd with 21. Abbey Harrell and Montgomery each had eight. Taylor Ragsdale added six.
Mindieta led the Sissies with 12, and Landrie Walsh had nine. Guinn poured in seven, and Elaina Peyton scored six.