GODLEY — A game that started off as an offensive disaster turned into an explosion of points in the second half, as the Grandview Zebras earned a district victory on the road against the Godley Wildcats, 55-51, on Tuesday night.

Grandview (15-8, 2-2) had four players score in double figures to offset the 29 points George Tidwell drained for Godley (14-10, 1-3).

Jay Fuller was high-point man for the Zebras with 14, while Tyler Pettit had 12 and Ryan Macklin and Jake Adkison both had 11.

The first quarter saw brick after brick hit the rim from the outside, as only seven baskets were made between the two teams. Fuller picked up six of the Zebras’ nine, while Tidwell sank the first of his seven three-pointers to lead Godley to a slim 10-9 advantage after the opening period.

Grandview held Godley to only two buckets before the half, although Tidwell and Stetson Bailey both nailed triples.

The Zebras parlayed the cold shooting of the Wildcats to a 12-6 run in the quarter. Macklin and Pettit scored six apiece to give Grandview a 21-16 lead at the break.

Then came the fireworks.

Pettit rounded out his total with the first three Zebra scores in the first three minutes of the second half.

Godley roared back with a run that had scoring from Tidwell, David Turner and Russell Abaray capped off by two Cody Sears free throws to give Godley a 28-27 lead at the 4:25 mark of the quarter.

Grandview answered with a 10-3 surge of its own, including back-to-back triples by Adkison, to take a 37-31 lead as time ran down in the third period.

But Abaray buried one of Godley’s 11 three-pointers of the evening with 31 seconds left in the quarter to pull the Wildcats back within three points with eight minutes left in regulation.

Fuller and Stuart Good combined for five points before Godley could change the scoreboard to give them the largest lead of the game at 42-34 with 6:15 remaining.

If that was supposed to be a signal for the Wildcats to pack up and accept defeat, Tidwell never got it.

Tidwell scored 11 points in the next 2:40 to pull the Wildcats back within three. Only timely buckets by Macklin and Fuller kept Tidwell from running away with the show.

The Wildcats retook the lead at 51-50 with just under a minute to play. Fuller took the inbounds pass down the floor and nailed a jumper just to the right of the circle to snatch the lead back.

After patient offense on the return trip, Tidwell drove toward the rack and let a running floater go with around 10 seconds left. The ball looked to be headed in, but just rattled out, with Adkison grabbing the rebound for the Zebras.

That was all she wrote, as the Wildcats were forced to foul Zebras to regain possession, but were never able to. The officials called both Bailey fouls intentional, meaning the Zebras never had to give the ball back, and walked off the court with a victory.

Zebra coach Todd Jarrell said second half adjustments were the key to the win.

“We rebounded better in the second half than they did,” Jarrell said. “We did get lost in transition and didn’t keep up with their three-point shooter, but we scrambled and played some defense and picked up a win.”

Jarrell also said he was impressed with the way his team spread the scoring around.

“We’ve been trying to preach a balanced attack, but since the first game of district it hadn’t been happening. It did tonight, and it worked well.”Godley coach David Breazeale said there were positives his team could take from the tough loss.

“When we were handling the ball well on offense, we looked more fluid and were more aggressive on offense,” Breazeale said. “We changed some stuff in our offense to give it more pop, and it worked. I saw the kid I was thinking George Tidwell was, and I haven’t seen it much this season.

“It was the kind of game where, if we had pulled it out and held onto that lead with 58 seconds left or made that little floater, I would say we deserved to win. But Grandview played a good game and won, and I’d say they deserve it,” Breazeale added.

Grandview hosts a struggling Rio Vista (10-12, 0-4) team on Friday, while the Wildcats travel to Maypearl (8-16, 1-3). Both contests begin at around 8 p.m.


Grandview 55, Godley 51

GRANDVIEW (15-8, 2-2): Jay Fuller 14, Tyler Pettit 12, Jake Adkison 11, Ryan Macklin 11, Aaron Wylie 4, Stuart Good 3.

GODLEY (14-10, 1-3): George Tidwell 29, Russell Abaray 9, Cody Sears 7, Stetson Bailey 3, David Turner 3.

Grandview....9 12 16 18—55

Godley.....10 6 18 17—51

Halftime score: Grandview 21, Godley 16. Total fouls: Grandview 14, Godley 13. Fouled out: None. Three-point goals: Grandview 3 (Adkison 2, Good 1), Godley 11 (Tidwell 7, Abaray 1, Bailey 1, Sears 1, Turner 1). Rebounds: Grandview 27 (Pettit 11), Godley 37 (Sears 13). Assists: Grandview 10 (Fuller 5), Godley 11 (Bailey 6). Steals: Grandview 5 (Fuller, Reid Golson 2), Godley 7 (Bailey, Turner, Justin Sammons 2). Blocked shots: Grandview 1 (Pettit 1), Godley 0. Technical fouls: None. Turnovers: Grandview 12, Godley 20.

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

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