After watching his girls dig a hole they couldn’t climb out of in their District 5-4A opener earlier this week, Guyer coach Harold Colson figured to be a much happier fellow after Friday’s 60-29 whipping of Fort Worth Brewer at Wildcat Gym.
But everything’s relative, as Colson quickly pointed out.
“We turned it over a ton,” he said, his team now 10-4 on the season and 1-1 in district play. “We’re still making mistakes offensively and defensively. As a coach in these types of games, my job is to get them to clean it up.”
Guyer finished with 29 turnovers after yielding a dozen in the first quarter. But the Lady Wildcats outrebounded the smaller and slower Brewer squad 52-19 to dominate the scoreboard almost from the beginning.
With Ola Akinniyi scoring four of her game-high 14 points and teammates Quamese Moss and Bre Clay-Baker each chipping in five key points, Guyer went on a 14-0 run in a 1-minute, 5-second scoring spree that put the Wildcats ahead 14-2 with 5:14 left in the first period.
So tough was Guyer’s defensive pressure that Brewer was unable to advance the ball to midcourt on six straight possessions. Brewer (3-13, 0-2) had 15 first-quarter turnovers and finished with 27.
Turnovers by Guyer brought the easy scoring to an end, but the Lady Wildcats led 22-2 after one quarter, with Jada Calloway hitting a 3-pointer and a free throw in the final 22 seconds.
Brewer, led by Kirsten Holloway’s 11 points, trailed 34-11 at halftime. It was 40-16 when the Lady Wildcats put together another 14-0 run to lead 54-16 with 43 ticks left in the third.
Again, Akinniyi contributed four points and Moss, who finished with 12 points, chipped in with five in the run.
“We were a lot better in the second half with our execution,” Colson said. “We had a 14-point run where we were really taking care of the ball. Those are positives, but they’re only coming in spurts. We’re going to have to get more consistent than that.”
Freshman Bre Wickware led Guyer with 11 rebounds, while Calloway pulled down six and Alicia Downard and Moss snared five apiece. Wickware scored eight points for Guyer, Katy Davis and Clay-Baker each finished with seven and Franklin and Calloway each netted a half-dozen.
State-ranked Wichita Falls Rider is the team Guyer fans are looking forward to seeing their team match up against. But the coach doesn’t want his players looking beyond Tuesday’s 6 p.m. home game against Azle.
“We all need to do our part in order to be successful,” Colson said.
Guyer 60, Fort Worth Brewer 29
Fort Worth Brewer (3-13, 0-2) — Kirsten Holloway 11, Leah Munroe 6, Jazmaine Willis 3, Keitlyn Dodd 3, Jahana Deadmon 2, Shannon Rhodes 2, Katy Foster 2.
Guyer (10-4, 1-1) — Ola Akinniyi 14, Quamese Moss 12, Bre Wickware 8, Bre Clay-Baker 7, Katy Davis 7, Madison Franklin 6, Jada Calloway 6.