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Basketball: Lady Cards deck Boyd

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Facing the District 10-3A champions, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets needed four strong quarters for a shot at advancing in the playoffs Monday night.

Their third quarter fell short. Boyd hit just three field goals in the frame as Pottsboro’s lead ballooned to 14 points.

Boyd couldn’t recover, falling 62-49 in the Class 3A Region II bi-district game at Denton Ryan High School gym.

End of the Line

END OF THE LINE – Boyd’s Kenzie Elkins hugs her teammates on the bench at the end of the Lady Yellowjackets’ playoff loss to Pottsboro. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“That stretch in the third got us,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins.

The loss ended Boyd’s season at 21-8.

“With all the adversity and with Coach [Lynn] Cranfill out, it was a good year,” Hopkins said. “The girls played hard every game.”

Hopkins filled in for Cranfill, who started the season trying to come back to the bench after brain cancer.

“It was an awesome season. We were lucky to have Coach Hopkins and [Erica] Warner to get us here,” said Kenzie Elkins, one of the five Boyd seniors to end their careers Monday. “I wouldn’t want to spend it with any other girls.”

Elkins finished with nine points in her final game, including a 3-pointer in the final minute.

Boyd hit three of its seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Abbey Harrell drained treys on back-to-back possessions to pull Boyd within 10, 56-46, with 2:12 left.

But Boyd couldn’t get closer as Pottsboro hit free throws down the stretch. The Lady Cardinals went 16-for-24 at the line in the fourth quarter.

“Every time I’d hit a shot they would hit back-to-back [free throws],” Harrell said.

Harrell led Boyd with 15 points, including four 3-pointers.

Boyd stayed within striking distance of Pottsboro throughout the first half. The Lady Cardinals owned a 28-22 halftime lead on the strength of four 3-pointers in a 19-point second quarter.

Pottsboro worked the ball inside to Lindsey Evans to pull away in the third quarter. Evans scored six of the Lady Cardinals’ 14 points in the frame, helping them to a 42-28 lead.

Boyd’s only points in the third came on three baskets inside from Sofia Scott, who had eight points before fouling out in the fourth.

Pottsboro went up by as many as 17 early in the fourth.

POTTSBORO 62, BOYD 49

Pottsboro … 9 … 19 … 14 … … 20 – 62
Boyd … 7 … 15 … 6 … … 21 – 49

Pottsboro (25-7) – Maci O’Hanlon 16, Kellie Frye 5, Lindsey Evans 13, Rani Elder 2, Maddy Wildeman 2, Madeline O’Hanlon 15, Haiden Williams 8, Kenzie Wade 1.

Boyd (21-8) – Karlyn Kinsey 2, Abbey Harrell 15, Lindsey Thorpe 12, Sofia Scott 8, Kenzie Elkins 9, Alissa Gordon 3.

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