SHERMAN – The only thing hotter than the Sherman High School gym Thursday night were the McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos, as they topped Howe 48-33 in the first round of Sherman Holiday Invitational. It was Boyd’s third win in the past four games.
Boyd head basketball coach Rochelle Vaughn said she was pleased with how her team played, but said the 14 missed shots in the paint are too many and noticed some rust in that aspect, as her team continues to shake off the rust accumulated from the Christmas break.
Boyd will face Sherman Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the tournament.
The Lady Broncos rushed out to an 8-1 lead in the first quarter, and would end the first stanza with a 10-6 lead. Senior Khaila Stampley scored six points in the first quarter, while Haley Carruthers, Jordynn Hernandez and Marissa Thompson played solid minutes.
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Boyd would continue to apply pressure to Howe, starting the second quarter on a 12-3 run to take a 23-11 lead going into the half.
But it wasn’t only the Bulldogs that Boyd was trying to battle, as both squads had to deal with sweltering conditions inside Sherman High School that caused the court to become slick. Several players on both Howe and Boyd slipped on the court.
Vaughn said she didn’t understand why it was so hot in the gym. Both squads weren’t happy about it, but at the end of the day both teams had to play through it.
“You can’t really complain about it,” she said.
The third quarter, however, is where Vaughn said she saw the most problems with her players as they had trouble recognizing Howe’s best players on the court, leaving them open to drive the lane and sink outside shots.
Vaughn said her team wasn’t closing out on the perimeter and was “lackadaisical” in its defensive effort. She said her players were “throwing up crap” against the full-court pressure on offense, over-penetrating the lane and playing outside themselves.
Howe was able to close Boyd’s lead to 7 at 27-20, but Boyd would rebound, outscoring the Bulldogs 18-11 in the fourth quarter.
“The fourth quarter we started relaxing and started to assert ourselves,” Vaughn said. “We started knocking down some open looks, and we had girls actually step up and start shooting instead of passing the ball to their teammates who weren’t open.”
While her team has won three of four, she said she wants to see her team start to rebound better, and put an emphasis on cashing in when her girls have a chance to score in the paint and second-chance points.
“I know we’re going to miss some outside shots, but the ones [in the lane] – 80 percent would be great,” Vaughn said.