By Brandon Evans
Alvord’s defense put the clamps on the Godley Lady Cats Tuesday night to take the Lady Bulldogs one step deeper in to the postseason than last year.
The Lady Bulldogs beat Godley 48-29 in the Class 2A Region II quarterfinal at Saginaw High School gym.
“We got beat last year at this point,” said sophomore guard Marissa Schedcik. “So it feels great.”
Eventual Class 2A state champ Brock beat Alvord 44-29 last year in the regional quarterfinal.
A sloppy and scrappy first quarter by both teams left Alvord clinging to a 14-13 lead at the end of the period.
“In the first quarter I thought we had a lack of communication, and we didn’t weren’t covering the right girls.” said Alvord coach Rob Schmucker. “In the second quarter, we started doing that.”
Alvord shut down Godley in the second quarter, outscoring them 10-0.
Schmucker called a timeout early in the second quarter to focus his team.
“I told them we just needed to settle down,” he explained.
The Lady Bulldogs did that and put a muzzle on the Godley offense. They also quickly quieted a raucous Godley fanbase backed up by a band blaring Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” during breaks in the action.
The Lady Cats hit only 22 percent of their field goals in the first half. Meanwhile, Alvord dropped 53 percent of their shots through the net.
Alvord started the second half with the ball and a statement. Senior guard Jordan Ward made a clever feed to junior guard Carley King who dropped in a three-pointer. King finished the night with six points.
Ward led Alvord with 16 points, shooting an impressive 71 percent from the floor.
Senior forward Madi Lynch was next, tallying 13 points along with a host of rebounds. Schedcik scored six on the night, Ariel Rogers four and Macy Lynch added three more.
The 5-11 senior forward Tolli Wylie led Godley with 10 points. She shot 25 percent from the floor.
“I thought they played hard,” Schmucker said of his team. “I expected nothing else from these girls. I thought they all played well. They all stepped up and did their part.”
Schedcik echoed the sentiment.
“I think we played together as a team,” she said. “We all played in unity. We were all on the same page.”
Godley played very physical game, racking up fouls along the way. By game’s end they had 18 fouls to Alvord’s seven.
“We just had to stay under control and did not let it affect us,” Schedcik said.
Alvord’s victory ended Godley’s postseason run. The Lady Cats knocked off Ponder 51-44 in the first round of the playoffs. They then bested Gunter 37-33. Both games featured dramatic fourth-quarter comebacks by Godley. The Lady Cats had no lives left and found no such luck against Alvord.
“When you get down 11 at the half, it’s hard to come back,” said Godley coach Mark Chauveaux. “We did that against some other teams, but they didn’t have a defense as aggressive as Alvord does.”
Alvord moves to a season record of 31-4. Godley’s season ends at 26-6.
The next stop for Alvord is the region semifinal slated for 6 p.m. Friday at Wisdom Gym at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Alvord will play Bruceville-Eddy.