GRANDVIEW — The Godley Lady Cats (13-9, 1-0) began their District 11-2A schedule with a resounding 63-19 win over the Grandview Lady Zebras (11-9, 0-1) on Friday night.

Notably absent from the Lady Zebra lineup were at least six players who were suspended through Jan. 11 for violation of athletic department policy, including the usual starting five.

Despite the missing players, the Grandview side put up a valiant effort, with many of the players only having one-day notice that they would be playing in their first varsity game.

The Lady Zebras held their own against a far more experienced Lady Cat squad for the first five minutes of the game, as Godley led 6-4 after a Megan Whitehorn bucket for Grandview.

But for the next nine and a half minutes, it was all Lady Cats.In that time, spanning well into the second quarter, Godley held Grandview scoreless, and went on a 22-0 run with solid passing to the post combined with long-distance shooting.

Tiffanny Flores had all eight of her points in the run, which eventually extended to a 33-5 surge, essentially sealing the deal for the Lady Cats, giving them a 39-10 lead at the break.

The Lady Zebra defense played solidly after halftime, allowing Godley only seven points in the period. Four of those points came from sophomore Maeci McPherson, her only points of the night.

Grandview was simply unable to break the Godley defenses after that, and 17 points in the final stanza put the game away for good.

Despite the adversity and sudden change of pace for some of her younger players, Grandview coach Jeri Whitfill said she believes this experience will help her team as the season progresses.

“Our younger girls really stepped up tonight,” Whitfill said. “The score isn’t going to reflect that tonight, but it was a huge team effort. Now our team is 20 players all together, not just the varsity. The junior varsity kids that had to fill in took the opportunity well.”Godley coach Mark Chauveaux saw positives in the game for both teams involved.

“I don’t like how it had to happen,” Chauveaux said, “but both teams got some kids some game experience that normally don’t get to play. Hopefully this will help both teams down the road.”

Grandview continues their district schedule on the road at Rio Vista (8-13, 1-0) on Tuesday night, while Godley hosts Maypearl (9-11, 0-1).

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Godley 63, Grandview 19

GODLEY (13-9, 1-0): Khristi Shurbet 11, Stormi Vaughn 10, Chelsea Brooks 8, Maggie Copeland 8, Tiffanny Flores 8, Michelle Singleton 8, Cortney McFarlin 4, Maeci McPherson 4, Mackenzie McLellan 2.

GRANDVIEW (11-9, 0-1): Jennifer Fox 4, Andrea Rydell 4, Marissa Cooksey 3, Megan Whitehorn 3, Courtney Luster 2, Maggie Bivins 1, Katie Davis 1, Courtney Richardson 1.



Godley.....20 19 7 17—63

Grandview.....4 6 5 4—19



Halftime score: Godley 39, Grandview 10. Total fouls: Godley 15, Grandview 13. Fouled out: Brooks (Godley). Three-point goals: Godley 4 (Copeland 2, Flores 2), Grandview 0. Rebounds: Godley 26 (Brooks 7), Grandview 27 (Davis 6). Assists: Godley 15 (McLellan 5), Grandview 3 (Fox, Clorissa Lawson, Bailey Zellars 1). Steals: Godley 22 (McLellan 8), Grandview 5 (Lawson, Bivins 2). Blocked shots: Godley 2 (Brooks, Narissa Trammell 1), Grandview 2 (Bivins, Cooksey 1). Technical fouls: None. Turnovers: Godley 11, Grandview 34.



Josh Manck can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2335, or sportsreporter@trcle.com

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