By Richard Greene
On Valentine’s Day, not even Cupid’s aim could have been as true as the Krum’s Lady Bobcats’ in the first quarter.
The Lady Bobcats drained four of their five three-point attempts and shot 62 percent in the opening frame to set the tone for a 55-22 victory over the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets in the Class 2A Region II bi-district game at Richland High School.
“It was phenomenal the way they were shooting,” said Boyd coach Lynn Cranfill. “We knew they were a good team. We’ve seen them a couple of times, and they didn’t shoot that well. They were well-prepared, and they were knocking them down tonight.”
For the game, Krum shot 42 percent. Sydney Shelstead led the Lady Bobcats with 15 points and nine rebounds. Rachel Wallace and Caitlyn Arnold added 13 points each.
Krum (30-3) will move on to play Melissa in the area round of the playoffs Friday.
The loss ends Boyd’s season at 21-11. The Lady Yellowjackets won six of their final seven games, including a third-place tiebreaker Saturday against Tolar, to make the playoffs.
“It’s been chaotic and stressful, but overall it was a fun year,” said the Lady Yellowjackets’ lone senior starter Chelsea Landes. “We worked hard to get here.”
Cranfill also praised his team’s work.
“We are proud of them,” he said. “Twenty-one wins is great. That’s the most wins we’ve had since I’ve been here. This group never complained and practiced hard.”
Coming off a loss to Alvord Friday in a District 9-2A tiebreaker, Krum took out any lingering frustration on Boyd early. Wallace and Arnold hit a pair of three-pointers each in the first quarter. Shelstead established herself inside with seven quick points.
Krum took a double-digit lead, 15-3, on Wallace’s trey with 3:47 left in the first quarter. She closed out the frame with another three-pointer to give the Lady Bobcats a 25-8 lead.
“We came out with great intensity,” said Krum coach Lana Degelia. “The girls regrouped after losing Friday and showed there’s still a lot of fight left in them.”
Along with their torrid shooting, Krum attacked the boards all night. The Lady Bobcats outrebounded Boyd 41-22. Krum grabbed 19 offensive rebounds for 13 second-chance points.
Boyd crept within 12, 25-13, on Abby Harrell’s first of two second-quarter three-pointers. Harrell finished with six points.
Boyd never got closer. Krum ended the half on a 14-3 run to lead 39-16 at halftime.
Boyd went cold from field over final 20 minutes, hitting only two field goals. The Lady Yellowjackets were scoreless from 4:01 of the second quarter until Kallie Tyner’s basket with 30 seconds left in the third.
“We couldn’t make a shot,” Cranfill said.
Boyd was 2-for-17 after halftime and shot 20 percent for the game.
Krum led 51-18 and took a 35-point lead in the fourth quarter, 55-20.
Tyner led Boyd with seven points. Landes added four, and Shae Williams three.
Krum 55, Boyd 22
Krum (29-3) – Allison Beck 6, Rachel Wallace 13, Julia Schmaltz 8, Sydney Shelstead 15, Caitlyn Arnold 13.
Boyd (21-10) – Shae Williams 3, Kallie Tyner 7, Abby Harrell 6, Chelsea Landes 4, Mackenzie Elkins 2.
Krum 25 14 12 4 – 55
Boyd 8 8 2 4 – 22
3-point shooting: Krum 5-9 (Arnold 3, Wallace 2); Boyd 3-12 (Harrell 2, Tyner 1). Free throws: Krum 4-5; Boyd 5-6.
Turnovers: Krum 8; Boyd 18. Rebounding: Krum 41 (Shelstead 9); Boyd 22 (Tyner 4).
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