Alvord did not score a field goal in the fourth quarter against Godley Tuesday, but the way their defense was playing they didn’t need to.
The Lady Bulldogs got their first point in the final frame with 1:04 to play and held off the Godley Lady Cats, 54-40, in the Class 2A Region II quarterfinal at Byron Nelson High School.
With the victory, Alvord advances to the Class 2A Region II regional tournament this weekend in Stephenville.
It’s the second straight season Alvord will be making the trip to the regional tournament, two wins away from a trip to state.
“We’ve been there. We know what to expect,” Alvord coach Rob Schmucker explained. “We just keep knocking on that door, and pretty soon it should start cracking.”
After a dreadful start on the defensive side of the court, a switch to zone in the second quarter allowed Alvord to climb back to within two at halftime, after trailing by as many as six in the first half.
The Lady Bulldogs rode that momentum into the third quarter, opening the period on a 7-0 run capped off by a Marissa Schedcik 3-pointer.
“They were on fire,” Schmucker said about Godley’s first quarter. “They were hitting a lot of open shots and contested shots.
“Despite as bad as the first half was for us, we were in great position. We were just down by two, and if we made a little bit of an adjustment we would be OK.”
The Lady Bulldogs rode that adjustment to a 47-36 lead heading to the final quarter. Alvord outscored Godley 17-4 in the third period, which ended up being the difference in the game.
“We just started playing our game and giving it everything we had,” Alvord senior Sam Hahn said. “We started going with the flow, having fun and enjoying the journey as always.”
Defense dominated the final eight minutes. As hot as both teams were in the first quarter, neither could buy a bucket in the fourth.
Godley’s Maelan Brown broke the gridlock with 3:01 left in the game with a couple of free throws. She scored the only field goal for either team in the frame two minutes later to get the Lady Cats within catch-up range, 47-40.
Alvord immediately responded, as Schedcik got to the foul line twice in the last minute to put the game away. She led Alvord with 16 points.
“We put a lot on her shoulders,” Schmucker said. “There was nothing easy about her shots. She just kept on fighting. That is what we need from her.”
Carlee King finished with 12 points, including four 3-pointers. Ariel Rogers added 13. Hahn tossed in six, and Lauren Hart scored four.
Godley was led by Brown with 17.