At the start of Monday night’s crosstown showdown — girls basketball style — the 4A McKinney Lionettes looked much crisper than the 5A McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos.
“We didn’t come out focused and we need to fix that,” Boyd coach Bretagne Galbreath said.
Well, that they did — at least enough to win 50-43 in an early season road game between MISD rivals. Boyd survived, thanks in large part to Julia Hendrieth’s game-high 17 points and Rochelle Vasquez’s 10 points.
Mariah Mitchell led MHS with 16 points and she and her teammates played well enough to keep it close throughout.
In fact, Boyd looked lethargic early in the game. The Lady Broncos, playing with just eight players — seven Monday, due to an injury — had trouble making crisp passes and avoiding fouls in the first quarter and led only 11-10 after the first period.
Hendrieth was good off the boards, however, getting some critical rebounds, especially in the last minutes of the game. She helped Boyd keep a lead, albeit a narrow one. Although Boyd looked sloppy in the third quarter with some wild shots that completely missed the rim, it still led 37-31 going into the final period of play.
But McKinney wasn’t done.
The Lions rallied to come within four points with 2:58 left in the game. And a questionable foul by the Broncos’ Haley Caruthers gave the Lions an opportunity to come within one as Mitchell came to line for 2. Mitchel sank 1 to cut it to 44-42, before another foul by the Broncos gave the Lions the chance to tie up the score.
Again, one free throw cut it to 44-43.
But this time, Boyd seemed to decide that enough was enough. Hendrieth again came through with a rebound to give the Broncos possession. Moraih Richardson made two free throws to make it 46-43. And Michaela Gonzales’ steal with less than a minute to play gave the Broncos final control.
“The crosstown rivalry is always tough,” Galbreath said. “Last year we beat them (MHS) by three, and the year before they beat us. Deb’s (Coach Debbie Harris) got a great group of girls and we knew it was going to be tough.”
Next for Boyd is a game against Plano West on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Boyd. Meanwhile, MHS plays host to John Paul II on Tuesday, as well.
“It’s still early in the season and we will focus on the basics of the game,” Galbreath said.
— Story and photos by TSB president Angie Bado