KELLER — In most cases when a basketball team has a sloppy game, its head coach will call numerous timeouts to try to correct whatever is ailing the squad and slow the pace of a frantic game.
That wasn’t the case in Tuesday’s playoff opener for Guyer, as the Lady Wildcats overcame numerous turnovers and sloppy play while forcing several turnovers of their own to beat Saginaw Boswell 47-37 to advance to the area round of the Class 4A Region I playoffs.
Guyer will meet Tuesday night’s winner between Fort Worth Southwest and Waco on Friday in Waxahachie at a time yet to be determined.
Guyer coach Harold Colson, who didn’t call his first timeout of the game until early in the fourth quarter, was in no hurry to stop the hectic pace of the game when he knew it was favoring his team against a more methodical Boswell squad.
“I knew coming in that if we pressured them and got up on them that we could cause some havoc in the game,” said Colson, Guyer’s third-year head coach. “When you start doing that, you hope it doesn’t leak into your side. Most of the game it was like that, but as long as we were scoring and hustling and doing what we needed to do, even if it was a little sloppy, it was OK because we managed to fight through and win the game.”
While Colson knew he wanted to up the pace against the Pioneers (22-11), who like to get into half-court situations, set their offense and get the ball inside to their post players, he also knew containing the Boswell posts, most notably Taneasha Rhode, would be priority No. 1.
Enter freshman Bre Wickware, who played a major role in holding Boswell’s post players to just eight points, all of which came in the second half. While doing that, she also managed to match teammate Bre Clay-Baker with a game-high 11 points and pull down seven rebounds.
“She really stepped up because [Rhode] is a load, and she didn’t really show it tonight,” Colson said. “I think I have to credit Bre [Wickware] with that. She’s [Rhode] coming off back-to-back big games of 17 points and 24 points, so Bre did a good job. We were really concerned with those two posts [Rhode and Emmie Rodriguez], and she handled both of them. Being a freshman and doing that is remarkable.”
Wickware said she had plenty of help from her back-side defense but was surprised with how easy it was to keep Rhode from getting the ball down low.
“They didn’t want to work for the ball, so that part — keeping the pass out — came kind of easy,” Wickware said. “We could rely on our back-side help too. We worked together on that.”
Wickware and Clay-Baker were joined in double figures by Tierney Peters and Katy Davis, both of whom scored 10 points each for Guyer.
Peters didn’t have a hot shooting night like she has at times this year, but she went 3 for 6 from 3-point range, and all three of her treys came at key times, with the final one comingwith just 1:17 remaining to push Guyer’s lead to nine. That came a minute after a Davis three-point play pushed the Lady Wildcats’ lead to six points.
“She hit the 3s when we needed a basket to be made and alleviate some pressure,” Colson said. “It was just huge shooting by her tonight. She hit some big shots.”
The win marks just the second playoff win in Guyer history, five years after its first.
Guyer lost in the Class 5A first round last season to Flower Mound Marcus before dropping back down to Class 4A this season. Colson made sure to remind his team of that game when he felt his team failed to show up in the first half.
Now, at least for the time being, the bad memory of that game can be erased for Colson and his players.
“We went through last season and had a great year and then had a playoff game where we didn’t really show up that first half,” Colson said. “These girls had me telling them that, and they know the history. When I tell them something, they try to prove me wrong, and they definitely did that tonight. It’s a good win for them. I’m proud of the way they fought the whole game.”
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GUYER 47, SAGINAW BOSWELL 37
Guyer (22-8) — Quamese Moss 5, Bre Clay-Baker 11, Tierney Peters 10, Bre Wickware 11, Katy Davis 10.
Saginaw Boswell (22-11) — Megan Ledbetter 8, Alyson Clark 7, Markysha Forrest 10, Kaylee Shaw 4, Taneasha Rhode 6, Emmie Rodriguez 2.