Thursday, December 5, 2013
Before Bishop England guard Michele Boykin stepped to the foul line to shoot her second free throw with her team leading by more than 60 points in the third quarter, Lady Bishops head coach Paul Runey needed a timeout.
“Hey, no pressure but this free throw is for 1,000,” Runey joked.
The senior guard smiled back at her coach as she so often does and stepped to the line to calmly drop in the free throw and join the handful of Lady Bishops who've hit the 1000-point career mark at Bishop England.
“It feels like all the hard work paid off,” Boykin said about the career achievement. “I wouldn't have been able to get to this mark if it weren't for my teammates. When I get the ball I feel as though everyone is expecting me to do my job, which is get the ball in the basket.”
Boykin did her job well Wednesday night, scoring a game-high 20 points as Bishop England rolled past the Palmetto Christian Academy Lady Eagles 88-10 in the Bishops' home opener.
Palmetto Christian (1-2) scored the first field goal of the game, but wouldn't find a second until midway through the third quarter. The Bishops defense blanketed the Eagles from the start, scoring 14 of their 22 first-quarter points off of 12 steals.
“In practice, we don't blow the whistle,” Runey said. “Unless the ball goes in the stands, we tell them to keep going after it. It's nonstop; somebody has to come up with the ball. I think that makes us aggressive when you have to get down and dirty. And all our kids buy into it and play that way in the games.”
Bishop England (3-0) finished with 36 steals and limited Palmetto Christian to just 14 percent shooting. Boykin also pulled down 11 rebounds as the Bishops dominated on the boards, 41-15.
Annie Pascutti scored eight points for Palmetto Christian and Corey Caulder added two.
For the Bishops, Mary Harriet Moore scored 16 points to go with four steals and four blocks. Caroline McQueeny turned in eight points and five steals, while Holly Foscolos finished with eight points, two assists and a steal.
Bishop England has outscored its first three opponents this season a combined 246-42. Palmetto Christian and Bishop England will meet again Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on Daniel Island.
“I feel like we could be able to have a good run in the playoffs and return to state but it's hard to tell right now,” Boykin said. “We still have a lot more we have to do. Everyone works hard and does their part on and off the court and I feel if we keep up the intensity, we will be on the court in March playing for gold.”