Guyer’s Quamese Moss will never be given a key to the city of Azle.
For the second time this season, the senior point guard beat Azle in the final seconds, and the Lady Wildcats extended their cushion as the second-place team in District 5-4A with a 47-44 win over the Lady Hornets on Tuesday.
“You wish she would play like that all the time, but I’ll take it any day of the week,” Guyer coach Harold Colson said of his three-year starter. “I guess she does a great job of managing her energy. If she’s out there playing 31 out of 32 minutes and if she went 100 percent all the time, she’d be gassed at the end of the game when we need her. She’s done a good job of learning to manage her energy and be there in the end for us.”
In the teams’ first meeting in December, Moss stepped to the free throw line with a second remaining with her team down a point and sank both free throws to give Guyer a one-point win.
On Tuesday, she did just about everything she could in the final minutes to help her team pull off a come-from-behind win to remain one game behind first-place Wichita Falls Rider.
Moss scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter and was huge in the final minute. She tied the game on an offensive putback with 53 seconds left and gave Guyer the 47-44 lead on a three-point play following a steal from reserve guard Zakira Green. Then, for good measure, she pulled down two more rebounds in the final 11 seconds, including one after an Azle 3-pointer rimmed out with a second remaining.
“She’s definitely what makes us go, whether it’s a rebound here, a steal there or a bucket there,” Colson said. “She does it all for us.”
Guyer (19-4, 8-2 district) struggled out of the gates, and for much of the night it looked as if Azle (18-9, 6-4) would avenge its heartbreaking loss to Guyer early in the district slate.
Colson had a surprise thrown his way when freshman guard Lauren Heard, who entered the night averaging 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, suffered a knee injury less than two minutes into the game. She didn’t return, but Colson got key performances from Sarah Mack and Jada Calloway in her absence, scoring four points apiece and playing well on the defensive end.
“We had a game plan to do some different things on defense and kind of give them some stuff to try to keep them off balance, and Lauren was going to be a big part of that,” Colson said. “Once she went down, I had to scrap that whole plan and play it safe and rely on the girls to execute.”
Bre Wickware scored nine points for Guyer, and Ola Akinniyi added eight before fouling out in the final 90 seconds.
Guyer 80, Azle 26
It didn’t take long for the Guyer boys to establish their dominance for the second time this season over an overmatched Azle squad.
The Wildcats raced out to a 45-13 halftime lead and cruised to a blowout victory. In the teams’ previous meeting, Guyer won by 52 points.
Guyer (13-8, 7-1) remains in a tie for first place with Trophy Club Nelson, which has defeated Guyer but lost to Wichita Falls. The teams will meet Tuesday in a game that could decide the District 5-4A title.
The Wildcats were led by 22 points from sophomore reserve guard Zack Garza, who sank four 3-pointers. Junior guard Sean Choate scored 14 points and Alex Partridge added 10.
Guyer 47, Azle 44
Azle (18-9, 6-4) — Kaycie Dunkerley 13, Payton Berger 14, Valarie Matlock 8, Morgan Prentice 7, Emelia Miller 2.
Guyer (19-4, 8-2) — Quamese Moss 15, Bre Wickware 9, Ola Akinniyi 8, Jada Calloway 4, Sarah Mack 4, Chandler Dean 2, Zakira Green 2, Caitlyn Abreu 2, Madi Franklin 1.
Guyer 80, Azle 26
Azle (3-14, 0-8) — Luke Davis 5, Cooper Rush 6, Colton Bagwell 3, Jesse Salisbury 3, Jason Templeton 1, Malachi Slick 5, Payton Smith 3.
Guyer (13-8, 7-1) — Bryson Erby 2, Sean Choate 14, Shelton Childress 4, Miles Crawford 5, Alex Partridge 10, Zack Garza 22, Mitchell Willard 5, Kason Kilgore 7, Gordon Hill 9, Xavier Brown 2.