Westminster Lady Wildcats Spring Upset on MICDS
Boyd has career night in home win.
Boyd equaled that total in the fourth quarter alone and did so in a very tight game. She finished with a game-high 18 points as the Wildcats upset the Rams, 47-41, in an MWAA Red Conference game at Westminster.
"We have a pretty deep team and I have told all of the girls to be ready, that they will have a chance," Westminster coach Steve Stipanovich said. "Jabri has had some good practices recently where she really got after it and she played well in our last game against Visitation.
"She really responded to the challenge tonight and gave us a huge lift in a game in which points were tough to come by."
Boyd hit a 3-pointer with four minutes to play in the game to give Westminster a 38-36 lead. The Wildcats would never give up the lead thanks to great defense and more offensive production from Boyd. She hit another 3-pointer and added three free throws down the stretch.
"We got a little tired and had a tough time matching up," MICDS coach Scott Small said. "We left number 20 (Boyd) open a couple of times and she knocked down some big shots."
It was a big game for Boyd individually but also for Westminster as a team.
"We knew that they were undefeated and they also beat us in districts last year," Boyd said. "This is huge. It was an amazing day for me. They left me open and the shots were going in."
It was the Wildcat defense which set the tone for the game as they limited MICDS to one field goal and just four points in the first quarter.
The Rams got things going in the second quarter and trailed by just two, 24-22, at halftime.
Westminster led by four late in the third quarter when a pair of MICDS freshmen made big plays in the final minute to tie the game. Emily Kyman had a steal and a lay-up and Caroline Militello had a steal and assist to Kyman.
The Wildcats scored the first four points of the fourth quarter but Delaney Hobbs hit a 3-pointer and Caitlin Condle hit a field goal to give MICDS a 36-35 lead with 4:25 to play.
It was all Westminster and Boyd the rest of the way.
The loss snapped a 15-game winning streak this year for MICDS and a streak of 25 consecutive wins in the regular season going back to last season.
"The girls have gotten accustomed to winning which is a good thing," Small said. "We have not been involved in a close game for a long time and we needed to be tested like this. It would have been nice to have been tested and won but the kids also need to know what it feels like to lose and not let it happen again."
Kyman had 11 and Hobbs 10 for the Rams, who fell to 2-1 in the league and in a tie with Westminster for the conference lead.
Courtney Powell had 12 and Sadie Stipanovich nine to go along with Boyd's 18 for the Wildcats, who improved to 9-6 overall.