BOYD 57, PONDER 52
The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets worked overtime Friday to hold off the Ponder Lady Lions and keep pace in the tight District 9-2A playoff race.
Boyd senior point guard Amber Montgomery scored six of her game-high 32 points in the extra frame to lead the Lady Yellowjackets to the 57-52 victory at Ponder High School gym.
Boyd rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half.
“They were ready to play,” said Boyd coach Lynn Cranfill. “We got down early and were able to cut the lead to six (29-23) at the half. We thought if we could get close, they may let down but they didn’t. We got up one (40-39) going to the fourth. But with a couple of minutes to go we were down six.
“Amber and Kenzie [Elkins] bailed us out. They got some shots to fall.”
Elkins finished with 10 points, scoring all but one in the second half. She hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth to help Boyd tie the game at the end of regulation at 48.
Boyd went on a 17-10 run in the third to take the one-point lead. Abby Harrell scored five of her 10 in the frame.
The victory moved Boyd (13-6) to 4-4 in 9-2A in fourth place.
“It was a win we had to have,” Cranfill said. “The girls realized midway through the third, we needed to play. They did a good job and got it done.”
Boyd faced Alvord Tuesday and will head to Peaster Friday.
BROCK 53, PARADISE 18
The expected showdown between 9-2A leaders never materialized Friday.
The second-ranked Brock Lady Eagles stayed unbeaten in the league with a 53-18 dismantling of the Lady Panthers.
Brock held Paradise (19-5, 6-2) to five field goals and forced 22 turnovers.
“They dominated in every phase,” said Paradise coach Kevin Pope. “We didn’t execute.”
Brock jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter and led 25-7 at the break. Paradise’s lone field goal of the half came on a Courtney Kerr 3-pointer. Kerr finished with four points.
Makenna Burt had a team-high eight points. Makala Neighbors was held to two points.
“They wouldn’t let her get a shot,” Pope said.
The Lady Panthers looked to rebound Tuesday against Millsap. Paradise is off Friday before the closing stretch against Ponder, Alvord and Peaster.
“We just have to focus on these last four district games and play at a high level,” Pope said.
ALVORD 54, PEASTER 39
Katie Claborn tossed in 16 points, and Marissa Schedcik added 14 as the Alvord Lady Bulldogs breezed by Peaster, 54-39.
Alvord (15-8) moved into a tie for second in District 9-2A at 5-2. It was Alvord’s third straight win.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped on Peaster early with a 13-6 run. Alvord led by nine, 23-14, at halftime and steadily pulled away in the second half.
Brianna Ponder added nine points, and Blaine Hamilton eight.
Alvord went to Boyd Tuesday, and will play 9-2A leader Brock at home Friday.