A district-opening loss, coupled with an upcoming home matchup with the league’s top team, gave the Broadmoor girls basketball team an early sense of urgency.
The Bucs certainly went out and played in such a fashion.
Broadmoor had three players in double figures, and the its defense limited Zachary to a season-low point total in Friday’s 44-33 District 4-5A home win.
“We always know Zachary will play us hard whether it’s summer league or anything,” Broadmoor coach Terrance Gillette said. “We were amped up. Scotlandville got us re-focused (after 51-39 loss) to play in the moment. Tonight’s game was big for us.”
Broadmoor (15-5, 1-1) won for the sixth time in its past seven games and hosts Walker with a chance to forge a tie for the league’s lead.
Broadmoor shot 53 percent (8 of 15) in the first half to build a 19-11 halftime lead.
Mikayla Crockett and Honchea Thornton each scored seven points in the half and combined on all 10 of the Bucs’ second-quarter points.
Crockett capped her team’s eight-point lead at halftime with a 3-pointer with one second left.
Crockett, Thornton and Asia Hayes combined for 39 of the team’s points. Crockett led the way with 15, Thornton added 13 and Hayes 11.
“We stressed before the game that if we get out of sorts to go back to the offense and get everyone on task,” Gillette said. “The putback from Thornton and Crockett’s three at the end gave us a boost.”
Hayes and Crockett each dropped in 3-point baskets over the first four minutes of the third quarter with Crockett’s 3-pointer making it 29-15.
Zachary (13-8, 1-1) made 23 percent (11 of 48) of its shots. The Broncos compounded matters with 15 turnovers and 11-of-24 shooting from the free-throw line.
“A lot of it right now is we’re a young team,” said Zachary assistant Patrick Jenkins, who filled for head coach April Barnes because of a family emergency. “At one point we had four freshmen and one junior out there. The majority of the team are freshmen, and we have no seniors at all. As we grow as a team, those things are going to go away.”
Zachary opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play from Tamia Veal, and Bryanna Langford’s driving basket drew the Broncos to 35-23 with 5:50 left. Langford led ZHS with 13 points and Rayah Haynes had 10.
Hayes later stretched Broadmoor’s lead back to 40-24 with a 3-pointer with 3:24 until a 9-1 flurry from Zachary closed the gap to 41-33, capped by Haynes’ two free throws with 33.9 seconds left.
“We wanted to identify where the shooters were,” Gillette said of his team’s defense. “The last game we didn’t do that so well, and we had to communicate. We wanted to challenge every shot. We didn’t need them to block it and box out, and they did a good job of boxing out.”