By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
It was a bittersweet night for McKinney Boyd girls basketball coach Rochelle Vaughn.
The first-year head coach of the Lady Broncos led her team into its first District 10-5A game of the season Friday night against Plano West, the school at which she not only played at for two years in high school but also was the JV head coach and the varsity assistant for the past three seasons. But the Lady Broncos fell at home to the TABC No. 3 Lady Wolves 69-45.
“For me it’s bittersweet,” said Vaughn following the game. “I am kind of happy to get the game over with so we can move on. It is just one game that won’t make or break our season, so hopefully we can move forward in district and get ready for Plano.”
Boyd never led in the game and tied the game just once at eight early in the first quarter. After giving up just 14 points to the high-flying Lady Wolves offense and trailing by just six points, the Lady Broncos began to turn the ball over and allow offensive rebounds, which led to a 19-point deficit at halftime.
“I think we came out in the first quarter and it was 14-8 (Plano West), then we had our typical bad quarter, which was the second, that we only had five points,” said Vaughn.
However, the Lady Broncos didn’t go down without a fight, outscoring Plano West 21-14 in the third quarter to cut the Lady Wolves’ lead to as little as 12 points. The two senior leaders on the Boyd team, Julia Hendrieth and Micaela Gonzalez, scored nine and eight points in the quarter, respectively. Hendrieth finished the game with a game-high 16 points, while Gonzalez had 11 points.
“I think they both stepped up,” said Vaugh. “They were two of our seniors who stepped up like seniors tonight. They wanted it but we needed everyone to come with it to win in our district. You need five, 10, or 13 to beat a team like Plano West.”
In the fourth quarter, Plano West proved why it is a top-five team and a state-finals threat by outscoring Boyd 23-11 in the final eight minutes.
“In the third quarter we came back when we decided we wanted to play, but playing catch up is so hard to do, especially when you are playing Plano West,” said Vaughn. “When you get down by that many points it is going to be hard to come back against them. Overall, I think we played really hard till the very end.”
After the game, Vaughn said that playing the caliber of a team like Plano West could be beneficial for a growing basketball team, providing them with a template in which to see how to play with high intensity for all four quarters.
“They are one of the best teams in the state so you have to play your best game against them. You have to take care of the basketball and you have to match them in intensity. We did in spurts but we didn’t do it the entire four quarters.”
Boyd dropped to 10-13 on the season and 0-1 in District 10-5A play. The Lady Broncos will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Plano in a district matchup. Plano defeated McKinney 49-28 in its district opener Friday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m.