Guyer came into Tuesday night’s nondistrict game against North Crowley facing a distinct height disadvantage.
The Lady Wildcats were not short on intensity as they dominated the Lady Panthers for a 42-25 win.
The Lady Panthers boasted two girls over 6 feet, including 6-4 post Danielle Williams. Their goal of feeding the ball inside was thwarted early, though, as they fell behind by 13 points at halftime and never recovered.
Williams was held scoreless on the night.
Guyer (7-1) got 13 points each from Quamese Moss and Bre Wickware. Wickware added seven rebounds.
“We knew coming in that we were going to have to keep three girls on her [Williams] at all times,” Guyer coach Harold Colson said. “The problem with that, though, is when you dedicate three girls to one girl, you have a lot more people open. Lucky for us, their shots didn’t fall and they weren’t as aggressive as us.”
The Lady Wildcats will ride a two-game win streak into the Thanksgiving break; they’ll return next week to compete in the Aubrey Tournament. Their lone loss was back on Nov. 19 against Gainesville (38-37) that snapped a run of five straight wins to open the year.
Colson said his team’s average height is around 5-9, though he added that’s being generous. But Guyer’s defense was tenacious on Tuesday and simply wouldn’t allow North Crowley an easy shot down low. As a result, the Lady Panthers got frustrated and looked to be forcing shots.
The Lady Wildcats forced nine turnovers in the first half alone and closed out the second quarter on a 10-2 run.
“She [North Crowley coach Nicole Collins] kept trying to pound the ball inside to the big girl [Williams], but we made up our mind early that we weren’t going to let that happen,” Colson said. “I was a little surprised that she kept going back to it.”
The Lady Wildcats were also steady from the free-throw line, where Moss scored all of her points. As a team, Guyer hit 19 of 27 attempts compared to North Crowley, which was 5-of-11.
Moss scored five points as the Lady Wildcats opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 20. North Crowley did manage some success with a brief 6-2 run midway through the frame, but Guyer went on another 10-4 run that bled into the fourth quarter.
Jada Calloway’s 3-pointer to open the fourth put Guyer ahead 40-18.
They led by 23 before the Lady Panthers closed out the game on a 6-0 run.
“You go into the game trying to be aggressive, and we managed to stick with it and really took it to them,” Colson said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the girls. They did exactly what I asked of them and this should be another confidence booster.”
Guyer 42, North Crowley 25
Guyer (7-1) — Lauren Heard 5, Bre Wickware 13, Madison Franklin 3, Quamese Moss 13, Olawumi Akinniyi 4, Jada Calloway 4.
North Crowley (4-5) — Jurnee President 6, Jasmine Williams 4, Destini Moore 9, Dominique Wallace 3, Angel Sidney 3.