For The Independent
Logan Fraley didn't say much after Thursday's game at Rowan County.
What Boyd County's sophomore guard did on the Warren H. Cooper Gymnasium floor, however, was as voluminous as Sunday's New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. Her 24 points were more than enough to give the Lady Lions a 68-52 win.
“I just had to knock down open shots whenever I was given opportunities,” she said.
Logan's father, Lady Lions head coach Pete Fraley, however, was a lot more talkative.
“We gave (Rowan County) a lot of naked threes early, and they hit five in the first half,” he said. “That was our point of emphasis at halftime, was to shut down the open looks out there on the three. Our defense turned it up a little bit.”
Boyd County won its seventh straight game and 10th of the last 11 by outscoring the Lady Vikings, 38-24, in the second half.
Rowan County did not score a field goal over the final 5:32 of the third quarter (Hannah Bandura's layup) and no points the final 3:07 (when Faith Conn made two free throws).
“I think we moved the ball well in the first half, I think we got it to our open people,” Rowan County coach Jen Williams said. “We worked for easy shots. I thought the second half, we were a step slow on defense. They were getting easy looks on their offensive end, and that led to us kind of getting frustrated.
“They changed their defense a little bit, and we didn't handle the change. I think, at the end of the day, we just got outhustled most of the night.”
There were other reasons for Pete Fraley to effusively praise his team: junior Taylor Wheeler's 14 points; senior Morgan Kenser's nine points and seven rebounds; and senior guard Emily Stewart's nine points and seven assists.
“We got Taylor going in the second half,” Pete Fraley said. “Morgan Kenser stepped in (and) did a nice job … Logan knocked down some threes.”
Rowan County (14-13) often scored over Boyd County's 2-3 zone defense by shooting the 3-pointer. It was a strong strategy — the Lady Vikings hit four, two each from Becca Duff and Taylor Conn.
Boyd County (22-7) — or more correctly Fraley — matched that by knocking down three 3-pointers in less than two minutes, part of an 8-0 run.
What was more, the Lady Lions had a bit more of an inside presence thanks to Kenser's five points and Wheeler's two.
Early in the second quarter, Williams told her team to stay out of the corners, reverse the ball and attack the basket, and the Lady Vikings did.
Start with Taylor Conn, who hit a three from the top of the circle after sister Faith penetrated to the free-throw line.
Faith Conn later: knocked down a five-footer off Taylor Conn's pass, served an assist to Candace Justice, made a 10-foot baby jump hook and hit two free throws. The result: Boyd County led by just 30-28 at halftime.
Pete Fraley wasn't worried.
“That's our (modus operandi),” he said. “We come out, that's the way we always play. We made some adjustments, and I told them (ours) is a veteran team. They're not going to panic."
Fraley and Wheeler, who together average nearly 30 points a game, provided just over two-thirds of Boyd County's offense in the third quarter.
Fraley's eight points included two 3-pointers, and Wheeler added five.
Fraley, Wheeler, Hunter Reeves and Stewart each scored in Boyd County's 8-0 run to open the fourth quarter.
Faith Conn led Rowan County with 20 points, and Candace Justice added 10.
“It was just another game we had to come out and play hard,” Logan Fraley said.
BOYD CO. 19 11 19 19 — 68
ROWAN CO. 16 12 9 15 — 52
Boyd Co.: (68): Stewart 9, T. Wheeler 14, Fraley 24, Hunter Reeves 8, Coburn 4, Kenser 9.
Rowan Co. (52): Plank 2, Bandura 2 Duff 6, Helvey 3, F. Conn 20, T. Conn 9, Justice 10.
Free throws: BC-14-17; RC 11-15. Three-pointers: BC 9 (Fraley 6, Wheeler 2, Hunter Reeves); RC 5 (T. Conn 3, Duff 2).