KEENE — The Keene Chargers had a chance to shake up the top of the District 15-2A standings on Tuesday night in their home gym against Godley, but fell short in a 58-45 loss.

The Wildcats moved to 8-0 in district play and opened up a two-game lead over the Chargers (18-7, 6-2 in 15-2A) in the standings.

Both teams showed off their offenses in the opening frame as Godley took a 20-16 lead into the second period.

After Riley Good put in a basket to start the second quarter and gave the Wildcats a 22-16 lead, Marc Murff keyed a 10-4 run that brought the Chargers all the way back to tie the game at 26-26.

Andrew Newell converted on the inside for Godley to make it 28-26, and after a Ryan Baze free throw for Keene, Newell converted a 3-point play to stretch the lead to 31-27.

Wildcat head coach Jon Normand said the third quarter was critical for Godley in maintaining its advantage.

“This was a huge relief,” Normand said. “We’ve beaten them in our place in the first round [of district], and I knew it would be a battle here in their gym. They shot the ball better and played physical defense. This is very big for us.”

Keene’s offense went cold in the third quarter after a 3-pointer from freshman Manuel Gonzales tied the game at 31-31.

The Wildcats’ defense limited the Chargers to just two points during the remainder of the quarter.

“We wanted to fix a couple of things in that third quarter,” Normand said. “One of them was defense. That was a huge, huge quarter for us.”

Good converted 10-of-10 free throws in the game with eight of them coming down the stretch in the final quarter.

Good led all scorers with 23 points.

“They knew to get it to Riley at the end,” Normand said. “He’s our best free throw shooter and he came through in the clutch.”

Fred Kurn led Keene with 13 points, and Gonzales finished with eight in the loss.

Ty Young and Kolby Brown had eight points for Godley.

Earlier in the evening, the Keene Lady Chargers shocked the Godley Lady Cats with a 61-54 win behind 21 points from senior Illiana Castillo.

Castillo hit five 3-pointers in the win as Keene held onto a 51-41 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Pearl Brown had 16 points for the Lady Chargers in the win, and Keene kept its playoff hopes alive with the upset victory.

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