While looking back on last month’s game against Wichita Falls Rider, Guyer coach Harold Colson pointed to his team’s poor fourth-quarter shooting as the reason for what ended up being a two-point loss.
In the rematch Tuesday, the regrets were far more pronounced.
Rider (25-6, 13-1 District 5-4A) dominated the Lady Wildcats for the entire second half, flipping what looked like another tight contest on its head while cruising to a 53-32 win and the outright district title.
Guyer (21-5, 11-3) came in with a chance to at least earn a share of the district crown but was outscored 17-5 in the third quarter, and after that never regained its form.
“We had little to no energy in the second half, and I think that’s the first time all season where I actually questioned my girls’ fight,” Colson said. “I guess that’s my fault for not having them prepared.”
The loss snapped the Lady Wildcats’ six-game winning streak and makes them the runner-up to Rider for a second straight season. Colson said Guyer will face Saginaw or Fort Worth Chisholm Trail in the first round of playoffs on Tuesday.
In the meantime, though, Guyer is left trying to figure out where it all went wrong against Rider.
The Lady Raiders came in ranked 22nd in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, but trailed 17-14 with just over three minutes left in the first half after Guyer opened the second quarter with a 12-4 run. Lauren Heard sparked the surge with two 3-pointers.
But that’s as far as Guyer’s momentum went. The Lady Raiders closed out the half on a 7-0 run for a four-point lead, then rolled through the third quarter, which was punctuated by their 15 straight points.
Brea Harrison and Ashley Reid each finished with 16 points for Rider, which led by 16 entering the fourth quarter. The Lady Raiders then went on a 10-0 run to extend the lead to 48-22.
Guyer had plenty of chances to kill Rider’s run, but most of its shots looked forced while a handful never hit the rim.
Heard and Quamese Moss led Guyer with seven points apiece.
“I have no doubt we will get back to what we’ve been doing all year long and regain that competitive spirit,” Colson said. “We’ve bounced back from losses before, and we’ll do it again.”
Guyer 55, Wichita Falls Rider 44
Shelton Childress scored 18 points and the Guyer defense stifiled Wichita Falls Rider in the fourth quarter to pull away for a key District 5-4A win.
The Wildcats (16-9, 10-2) led by four points after three quarters but held Rider (15-13, 5-7) to six points the rest of the way. Childress was huge in the final eight minutes on offense, scoring seven of his team’s final 13 points.
“I thought the difference in the game was our defense in the fourth quarter,” Guyer coach Grant Long said. “We went back to our man defense and shut them down. We also shot the ball extremely well.”
Rider got 22 points from T.J. Vasher and as a team hit six 3-pointers to keep the game close. Three of those long-distance shots came as part of a 9-2 run midway through the second quarter to pull the Raiders within one point.
Guyer eked out a two-point halftime lead, then broke out for a 8-2 run to open the third.
Girls: Wichita Falls Rider 53, Guyer 32
Wichita Falls Rider
Guyer (21-5, 11-3) — Madison Franklin 4, Jada Calloway 4, Quamese Moss 7, Caitlyn Abreu 2, Lauren Heard 7, Bre Wickware 2, Ola Akinniyi 3, Alicia Downard 3.
Wichita Falls Rider (25-6, 13-1) — Emily Shaver 3, Brea Harrison 16, Ashley Reid 16, Mercedes Brooks 6, Skye Catletti 7, Rachel Richie 2, Nicole Linn 3.
Boys: Guyer 55, Wichita Falls Rider 44
Wichita Falls Rider
Guyer (16-9, 10-2) — Miles Crawford 6, Mitchell Willard 3, Gordon Hill 9, Xavier Brown 2, Shelton Childress 18, Kason Kilgore 7, Sean Choate 8, Bryson Erby 2.
Wichita Falls Rider (15-13, 5-7) — T.J. Vasher 22, Max Portmann 11, Darius Barrett 4, Alec Lemmon 3, Cody Taylor 1, Geoffrey Gerrard 3.