Male vs. Boyd County (Girls)
Boyd County Roundball Classic
Boyd County High School
December 9, 2017
Boyd County defeated Male 75-73 in what can only be described as an early season classic. Boyd County jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then Male exploded to take a 20-5 lead early in the second quarter as Boyd County went ice cold from the field. Boyd County trailed 37-23 at halftime then began the long climb back in the third quarter outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 23-8 to earn a 46-45 lead after three quarters. Boyd County managed to hold on to the lead until Male’s Ciaja Harbison recorded a steal and basket to tie the game at 62-62 and force overtime. Boyd County held on to earn the victory in overtime as Harley Paynter hit a key three point basket early in overtime and made a key defensive play late in the extra stanza to help ensure the victory. The Lady Lions improve to 5-0 and this was a big win against one of the top teams in the state.
Boyd County shot 38.6% from the field including nine of 31 from the three point line. The Lady Lions connected on 22 of 30 free throws and pulled down 23 rebounds. The Lady Lions committed 15 fouls. Male recorded three point baskets, connected on 10 of 20 free throws, and were whistled for 24 fouls.
5-6 Jr. Savannah Wheeler continues her stellar play as she led Boyd County with 27 points including five three point baskets. 5-9 Sr. Payton Shears added 16 points including 10 of 12 free throws and pulled down six rebounds. 5-7 Fr. Harley Paynter also scored 16 points including two three point baskets. 5-7 Charity Shears recorded 13 points including two three point baskets.
6-1 Jr. Cameron Browning led Male with 27 points. 5-6 Sr. Ciaja Harbison added 15 points. 6-0 Jr. Joelle Johnson recorded 10 points and was the “Windex person” as she cleaned the glass for 17 rebounds.
Male (73) – Browning 27, Harbison 15, Johnson 10, Green 9, K. Striverson 8, A. Striverson 2, Crimes 2.
Boyd County (75) – Wheeler 27, Paynter 16, P. Shears 16, C. Shears 13, G. Borders 2, Rucker 1.
A special thanks to Dave Wheeler for the information and valuable insight on this game. Also, please follow prep sports in The Daily Independent newspaper in Ashland, nobody provides better coverage of their local market teams.