Standing 6 feet 2, Boykin immediately became the tallest player on the Jaguars, but she nonetheless approached Coach Patrice Frazier-Watson before her first workout and asked to be a guard.
The coach admired the newcomer’s attitude, and Boykin, in turn, has delivered, providing matchup nightmares for opposing defenses with her length on the perimeter and around the basket.
In an all-encompassing effort on Wednesday night, Boykin finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds to help the No. 18 Jaguars beat No. 17 Bowie, 56-42, in a Maryland 4A South semifinal.
Boykin also created havoc at the top of the defense as the Jaguars clamped down on the Bulldogs to earn a spot in Friday’s region final at No. 12 Eleanor Roosevelt. A win over the Raiders, who beat Laurel, 56-21, would give the Springdale school its first state playoff berth.