GODLEY — Sometimes, you only need one good quarter to win a ball game.

And that’s exactly what the Godley Wildcats (14-9, 1-2 in District 11-2A) did in prevailing over the Rio Vista Eagles (10-11, 0-3) by a 32-25 scoreline Friday night.

The Wildcats looked to run away with the contest in the opening quarter, while using stifling defense to hold Rio Vista scoreless for the first seven minutes.

Stetson Bailey opened the scoring with the first five points of the contest before Russell Abaray scored on a drive to the rack. George Tidwell added three triples before the quarter closed.

Godley refused Rio Vista any field goals in the first quarter, and Bart Martin was only able to sink one of the two free throws he earned, giving the Wildcats an 18-1 lead after one period.

The two teams switched roles in the second quarter, with Rio Vista scoring three baskets in the opening minute, before going on a four-minute scoreless drought ended by a Tyler Buckner three-pointer to close the gap to eight.

Godley earned points on a Cody Sears putback and a Bailey free throw. Rio Vista closed out the scoring for the half with two Martin free throws making the count 21-12 at the break.

The third quarter was equally bleak from a shooting perspective for both squads, as only two field goals were made in the period.

Sears hit a triple for the Wildcats at the 5:07 mark and Martin hit a bucket on the Eagles’ next trip down the floor. Two Abaray free throws gave Godley a 27-14 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

Rio Vista stepped up its effort in the final stanza, starting on a 7-0 run and not allowing a single Wildcat field goal in the quarter.

But Godley hit 5-of-6 attempts from the charity stripe to hold off the Eagle surge and earn their first district victory.

Rio Vista head coach Dustin Bates said the lack of points in the opening stages of the game doomed his side.

“Having only one point in the first quarter, that killed us,” Bates said. “We struggled on offense all night, and I give my compliments to the Godley defense.”

Godley coach David Breazeale said his team’s offensive performance left plenty to be desired.

“Thank God we came out hot at the beginning,” Breazeale said. “We got unbelievably passive on offense after that. I’m glad we hit five of our last six free throws and never gave them the opportunity to win.”

District 11-2A play continues on Tuesday night with Rio Vista traveling to Itasca (16-4, 3-0) and Godley hosting Grandview (14-8, 1-2).


Godley 32, Rio Vista 25

RIO VISTA (10-11, 0-3): Tyler Buckner 11, Bart Martin 11, Colter Souser 2, Drew Laws 1.

GODLEY (14-9, 1-2): Russell Abaray 10, George Tidwell 9, Stetson Bailey 6, Cody Sears 6, David Turner 1.

Rio Vista.....1 11 2 11—25

Godley.....18 3 6 5—32

Halftime score: Godley 21, Rio Vista 12. Total fouls: Rio Vista 18, Godley 12. Fouled out: None. Three-point goals: Rio Vista 1 (Buckner 1), Godley 5 (Tidwell 3, Bailey 1, Sears 1). Rebounds: Rio Vista 20 (Laws, Martin, Souser 6), Godley 29 (Sears 9). Assists: Rio Vista 3 (Martin 2), Godley 7 (Abaray, Tidwell 2). Steals: Rio Vista 13 (Martin 7), Godley 8 (Tidwell 3). Blocked shots: Rio Vista 1 (Souser 1), Godley 3 (Sears 2). Technical fouls: None. Turnovers: Rio Vista 21, Godley 19.

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

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