GODLEY — Needing a win to avoid a 1-3 start in District 11-4A play, the Godley Lady Cats put together their best performance of the season Tuesday with a 59-30 win over Alvarado.
The Lady Cats improved to 2-2 in district play with Tuesday night’s victory while the Lady Indians dropped to 1-2 in league play.
Godley Coach Mark Chauveaux said each district game matters, but it was big to avoid a 1-3 hole.
“I don’t know how it’s all going to shake out but I think every district game is of the same importance, in the first round anyway,” Chauveaux said. “You want to get all the wins you can and this was just as big as the other ones we’ve played. But we would’ve dug ourself in a pretty big hole if we had dropped this one.”
The win upped Godley’s overall record to 11-14 — not up to the typical standards of Lady Cat basketball, but Chauveaux was encouraged by his team’s complete performance Tuesday night, hoping it can be a momentum boost moving forward.
“This was probably about as good as we’ve played all year for four quarters,” he said. “We’ve had spurts where we’ve done some really good things. But as far as a total game, this is about as good as we’ve played defensively and offensively, really. We’ve just had a tough time all year shooting the ball. We’ve gotten some good looks, we just haven’t found the bottom of the bucket. Sometimes it all comes together. Hopefully this game can spur us on the rest of the year.”
Even though the final score was a 29-point margin, the game was tight early on. In fact, Alvarado dictated play early as the Lady Indians held a 7-2 lead after a 3 by Jacie McCullough and back-to-back makes by Joslyn Jarmon for a 7-0 run in just over a minute.
But Godley countered with an 8-0 run from there, with Reagan Maxwell capping off the spurt with back-to-back makes to give the Lady Cats an 11-7 lead. Godley carried a 15-10 lead after one.
With the Lady Cats holding a 17-13 lead a couple minutes into the second, Godley used a 6-0 run, including strong buckets by Logan Reed, to take the first double-digit lead of the night at 23-13 with 1:44 left until halftime. Alvarado managed to get it back to single digits by halftime at 25-16.
The Lady Indians kept it close for half of the third quarter, still only a nine-point deficit at 33-24. But from there, Godley put the game away as the Lady Cats put the defensive clamps down and held Alvarado without a single point from 4:22 of the third until 3:28 left in the fourth. During that span, the Lady Cats turned a 33-24 lead into a 52-24 lead thanks to a 19-0 run.
“We really didn’t adjust much except we decided to front their post rather than play behind and double team,” Chauveaux said. “We provided some back-side help. I think they struggled a little bit more in the second half of entering the ball into the post. The first half, it was pretty easy for them to get it in there and do some things off of that. We just made it a little tougher for them to initiate their offense.”
Godley freshman Bree Hubbard scored eight of her 15 points in the third quarter to spark the Lady Cats’ run. Hubbard finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
“She did a pretty good job tonight,” Chauveaux said. “She’s really played pretty well overall. With freshmen, you’re concerned with consistency from time to time but she’s really done a good job overall this year. She’s been one of our best scorers really each game, whether she’s coming off the bench or starting. She did a really good job tonight against a team that presses the whole game. I thought she held her own pretty well.”
When a couple of returning lettermen for the Lady Cats opted not to play basketball this season, it opened up an opportunity for a bigger role for Hubbard, and Chauveaux said she’s held her own, adding that it’s no surprise she’s been able to score like she has even as a freshman because she was an “outstanding” junior high player.
“She’s been playing up with these kids her whole life really,” Chauveaux said. “She’s held her own with the sophomore class since back in the fifth grade. I was expecting her to have this impact. She’s a good player and I think she’s going to be really, really good at it if she keeps working hard at it, which she does. She works hard in the weight room and she’s in the gym a lot.”
In addition to Hubbard’s double-double performance, Reagan Maxwell led the Lady Cats in scoring with 17 points to go along with four rebounds and three steals. Reed, last year’s newcomer of the year, filled up the stat sheet like she usually does with 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a couple of steals and blocked shots. A.J. Jimenez added seven points, four rebounds and two steals off the bench and starting point guard Trinity Roden had five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Godley shot 37.7% from the floor and made 10-of-15 free throws while Alvarado shot 25.5% and was 3-of-10 at the free-throw line. Godley also won the turnover battle (11-19) and out-rebounded the Lady Indians (40-29).
Godley has a bye Friday before returning to district action Tuesday at Venus. Alvarado (16-11) is scheduled to host Venus at 5:45 p.m. Friday.