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No. 1 Boyd sweeps Peaster, stays undefeated in 7-3A

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
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A few hours before their match with District 7-3A foe Peaster, Boyd coach Dusty Crafton was faced with a dilemma.

The latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll had just been released, and the Lady Jackets checked in at No. 1 in 3A. With limited time before the game, Crafton had to make a fast decision — inform her team of the news, or not say anything.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“People were talking about it, and I was trying to approach it the right way, because this was an important game,” Crafton said. “I didn’t know if I should say something or ignore it, because it really doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. So, we celebrated. I told them they earned it.”

Boyd quickly showed why they were so deserving of the top spot.

Behind dominant efforts from Delaney Pellegrini and Jordyn Todd, the Lady Jackets rolled to a 25-14, 25-14, 25-16 sweep of the Lady Greyhounds at home. After battling Peaster to a five-set win in last year’s 3A Region I quarterfinal, Boyd took control of this match early and never relinquished it.

“I think it was a really emotional win,” Crafton said. “I think it was a hurdle. This is probably the best our offense has played. It was nice to be able to play a good team and still run our offense.”

Pellegrini led the Lady Jackets with 16 kills. She hit .467, made five digs and tallied three blocks. Todd finished with 12 kills and 13 digs.

The Lady Jackets scored 13 straight points to end the first set and never trailed again in the match. Boyd forced Peaster into several miscues, as the Lady Hounds quickly fell behind in the second and third sets.

The Lady Jackets handed the Lady Hounds their first district loss. Boyd improved to 4-0 in 7-3A and 28-4 overall. Since losing to Decatur on Aug. 31, the Lady Jackets have won five straight matches.

Now, Boyd sports one of the best records in 3A — and has the best ranking to go along with it.

“It’s a lot to live up to,” said Todd of the No. 1 ranking. “It’s a lot of pressure, but we’re going to take it and [run] with it. It’s exciting.”

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