By Richard Greene
The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets appeared ready to stage the upset of eighth-ranked Godley Tuesday night in the District 10-2A opener, taking a 30-23 lead early in the third quarter.
Godley’s Anna Perez then stepped forward to throw off Boyd’s upset bid, hitting a pair of three-pointers in a 14-2 run to close the third quarter. Godley held on for the 49-45 victory at Boyd High School gym.
“It was a valiant effort, and I’m so proud of the kids,” said Boyd coach Lynn Cranfill. “That was the No. 8 team in the state, and we stood toe to toe with them for four quarters. Hopefully we can regroup. We play two more before Christmas that will be as tough as this one.”
Perez finished 15 points, scoring 13 in the second half. Brittney Neill joined her in double figures with 10.
Chelsea Landes led Boyd with 16 despite making just two field goals. The senior point guard went 12-for-15 from the free-throw line.
Landes hit five free throws in the second quarter as Boyd took a 24-21 halftime lead.
The Lady Yellowjackets stretched the lead to seven early in the third quarter after hitting a free throw following a technical foul called on Godley.
Godley then changed its lineup, putting five guards on the floor. Boyd struggled to match up as Perez and Neil took over. The two combined for 12 of Godley’s 16 points in the third quarter.
“[The Godley coach] ran five guards out there, and it made it hard for us to defend,” Cranfill said. “He made a great adjustment.”
Godley took a 37-32 lead into the fourth quarter and stretched the advantage to seven, 44-37, with 3:12 left.
Boyd started a comeback attempt, getting within three, 46-43, on a Shae Williams bank shot with 1:22 left. Williams finished with nine points.
Boyd had three chances to get closer, but couldn’t take advantage of them. The Lady Yellowjackets missed a layup off a steal and twice turned the ball over near halfcourt following missed Godley free throws.
Perez hit a free throw with 15 seconds left to finally stretch the lead to two possessions. Lyndsie James’ putback with eight seconds remaining sealed the win for Godley.