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Basketball: Boyd wins two straight – Lady Jackets inch into playoff contention

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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At the end of the first half of District 9-3A play, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets were buried in next-to-last place with just one district victory.

SHOOTING TO WIN – Boyd’s Lindsey Thorpe takes a shot during a victory over Holliday Friday. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

But first-year head coach Erica Warner refused to let her team think the season was over.

“I told them, ‘if we stick with what we’re doing, we’ll be OK,'” Warner said. “When it starts clicking, people should be scared.”

And suddenly to start off the second half of district play, teams are not looking forward to facing the red-hot Lady Yellowjackets. Boyd went into Tuesday’s game at Henrietta coming off a pair of wins, including an upset of the fifth-ranked team in 3A, Bowie.

The Lady Yellowjackets are starting to believe they can carry this winning streak into a possible playoff berth. Boyd is one game back of Jacksboro, Henrietta and Nocona, which are in a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff berth out the league.

“If we keep working together, keep the faith and playing the full 32 minutes, we can do this,” said Boyd post Lindsey Thorpe. “We have to keep doing the little things.”

Those little things added up in the 56-55 upset of Bowie. Boyd stayed in the game early and fell behind by 10 early in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Yellowjackets cut the deficit to five in the final two minutes. Then over the final minute, Boyd kept knocking down free throws. Thorpe hit one within the final second to give Boyd the victory.

“It was a huge game for us to win,” Warner said. “The fact the girls never gave up. It’s been a big turn-around for us.”

Thorpe poured in 31 in the win over Bowie.

“It shows we’re not the underdog anymore and the team everyone can come in and beat,” Thorpe said.

Boyd wanted to prove that win was not a fluke. The Lady Yellowjackets followed the win with a 48-43 victory over Holliday Friday.

Boyd used a 22-9 run in the third quarter to take a 39-32 lead and held on the rest of the way.

Thorpe scored 19 and Kayleigh Pappajohn 12.

In the two-game winning streak, the Lady Yellowjackets have played at a higher tempo.

“We’re pushing the ball up the floor more and getting layups,” said point guard Karlyn Kinsey.

Warner credits Kinsey’s work running the offense for the team’s recent uptick.

“She’s been calm and collected and kept everyone in order,” Warner said.

Thorpe has also been dominant inside.

“She’s played well. She’s realizing how dominant she can be inside,” Warner added.

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