Maggie Boyd paces Lady Tigers in tourney win over Olathe East

CHS Sophomore Maggie Boyd lays in two of her game-high 22 points. David Hoover / CNO

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Lady Tiger basketball team scored 16 of their 44 points in the fourth quarter to seal the 44-34 win over the Olathe East Hawks during their opening game of the Carthage Invitational Thursday.

“It’s always great to win the first game of your home tournament,” said Coach Scott Moore. “Olathe East is a well-coached, disciplined team who made us work for every point tonight. We came out with great energy to start the game tonight and that awesome when it’s the first time in front of the home crowd this year. We had a lull of execution in the second and third quarter, but then turned it back on in the fourth quarter.”

Sophomore Maggie Boyd scored 11 of her game-high 22 points in the final frame which included going 7-for-7 from the free-throw line and knocking down a key 3-pointer early in the quarter.

“(Maggie) was hot from the three point line, mid range and free throw line,” said Moore. “That’s a triple threat from the sophomore.”

Senior Kianna Yates drives for two of her 16 points. David Hoover / CNO

Senior Kianna Yates added 16 points for the Tigers and Moore praised her leadership and ball handling skills.

“Yates gave us steady production all night and did a great job taking care of the ball when Olathe tried to press us late,” added Moore. “It’s a coaching luxury to have her handling the ball late in close games.”

Sophomore Lexa Youngblood added five points for the Tigers and sophomore Lauren Choate chipped in with one point to round out the scoring.

The Lady Tigers are now 2-0 on the season and look to remain unbeaten against Sunrise Christian today at 7:30 p.m.