GODLEY — The Godley Lady Cats (18-9, 6-0) retained first place in the District 11-2A standings Tuesday night, beating the Grandview Lady Zebras (13-12, 2-4), 56-39, to inch closer to the guarantee of a postseason berth.

Kayla Emmons led the Lady Zebras with 19 points, including three three-pointers, but her efforts were nearly matched by Godley’s Tiffanny Flores, who scored 17 of her own.

Narisa Trammell and Chelsea Brooks also reached double figures for the Lady Cats to help their team pull away down the stretch.

The first quarter saw the two sides go back and forth, with no team leading by more than three at any point.

But a Khristi Shurbet bucket with eight seconds before the buzzer gave Godley an 11-9 lead going into the second period.

The Lady Cats used their defense to score points in the second quarter, allowing only three points in the first six minutes of the quarter as part of a 13-5 run to open the frame.

Trammell had eight points in the quarter, while Flores scored five and Michelle Singleton added a bucket to lead Godley to a 26-17 halftime advantage.

Grandview’s Shataura Johnson started the third quarter on a hot streak, scoring four of her 10 in the first three minutes, but her points were countered by points from the usual suspects of Flores, Brooks and Khristi Shurbet for the Lady Cats.

Godley looked to take a 17-point lead into the final quarter, but a three-pointer under pressure by Emmons at the buzzer cut the margin to 40-26.

The first two minutes of the final period had Godley leading by 21 as Trammell and Flores combined for three triples to extend the lead to 49-28.

Emmons’ shooting in the quarter was lights out, but the Godley defense limited shooting opportunities to ensure the victory and keep their district slate clean.

Godley coach Mark Chauveaux said his team’s effort earned them the victory.

“That’s as hard as we’ve played all year,” Chauveaux said. “When you play against Grandview, you know that their kids will all play hard and we had a tough time with their press in the first half, but we limited our turnovers in the second half to break it.”

Chauveaux also talked about his team’s focus toward an undefeated district season.

“Before the game, we talked about how difficult it is to remember how hard you worked in the first half of district to stay unbeaten. We remembered tonight, and we looked a lot better than we did last Friday,” Chauveaux added.

Godley travels to Maypearl (10-15, 1-5) on Friday, where a win will clinch a postseason berth for the Lady Cats. Grandview hosts the Rio Vista Lady Eagles in an attempt to climb back into the playoff picture. Both games will tip off at approximately 6:30 p.m.

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Godley 56, Grandview 39

GRANDVIEW (13-12, 2-4): Kayla Emmons 19, Shataura Johnson 10, Megan Cooksey 4, Kelly Jo Eblen 3, Jamie Fuller 2, Nicki Johnson 1.

GODLEY (18-9, 6-0): Tiffanny Flores 17, Narisa Trammell 14, Chelsea Brooks 10, Khristi Shurbet 6, Mackenzie McLellan 4, Maeci McPherson 2, Michelle Singleton 2, Stormi Vaughn 1.

Grandview....9 8 9 13—39

Godley.....11 15 14 16—56

Halftime score: Godley 26, Grandview 17. Total fouls: Grandview 18, Godley 9. Fouled out: None. Three-point goals: Grandview 3 (Emmons 3), Godley 5 (Flores 3, Trammell 2). Rebounds: Grandview 25 (Emmons 9), Godley 26 (Shurbet 11). Assists: Grandview 10 (Eblen 5), Godley 17 (Trammell 5). Steals: Grandview 5 (Emmons, S. Johnson 2), Godley 15 (Trammell 5). Blocked shots: Grandview 1 (S. Johnson 1), Godley 0. Technical fouls: None. Turnovers: Grandview 22, Godley 16.



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

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