NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Guyer’s postseason opener Monday night against Saginaw Chisholm Trail started with both teams playing at a frantic pace for the game’s first few minutes.
It didn’t take long for the Lady Wildcats to leave the Lady Rangers in their wake, using a dominant second quarter to pull away and cruise to a 56-33 win to advance to the area round of the Class 4A Region I playoffs.
Guyer (24-5) will move on to face the winner between District 8-4A champ Cleburne and Fort Worth Arlington Heights later this week.
The Lady Wildcats used a full-court pressure defense to stifle Chisholm Trail for the entirety of the second quarter, led by the quick-handed defense of point guard Quamese Moss. Moss finished the night with five steals and scored 16 points. In all, Guyer forced 25 turnovers and led the game 42-15 at halftime.
“When we saw them play, they’re a pretty controlled team and we figured if we kind of threw a monkey wrench in that and tried to speed them up, eventually we’d wear them down,” Guyer head coach Harold Colson said. “That was the game plan, and it kind of worked out.”
That defense led to plenty of offense, as well, as the Lady Wildcats finished off the first half on an 18-0 run, as Moss and freshman Lauren Heard each finished the first half with double-digit points.
When the game ended, the two guards were tied for a game-high 16 points, while Heard also pulled down six rebounds — all in the second half. Sophomore post Bre Wickware finished with seven points and four rebounds.
“They [Moss and Heard] are pretty fierce on the defensive end, and when they get down on the offensive end, they read each other well,” Colson said. “They do a good job on both ends of the floor. They’re a pleasure to have with the chemistry they have.”
While Wickware is a sophomore, she started her entire freshman year on a team that lost in the area round of the playoffs. Moss is a three-year starter, and Heard is the only starter for Guyer without varsity experience prior to this season.
Chisholm Trail (18-13), the third seed out District 6-4A, is a newer program without a senior on its roster.
“Lauren’s a freshman and Wickware’s a sophomore, so we have some youth of our own,” Colson said. “But the way our season has gone and the way we’ve won games at the foul line or with a last-second shot, it’s kind of seasoned us a little bit to be able to handle tough situations.”
With that said, Colson is confident moving forward, as Guyer looks to advance past the second round for the first time.
“We have a great chance in these playoffs with the draw we got,” Colson said. “I feel really good about it. As long as we’re playing well and executing, we can play with anybody and we’ve proven that all year long.”
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Guyer 56, Saginaw Chisholm Trail 33
Guyer (24-5) — Quamese Moss 16, Lauren Heard 16, Bre Wickware 7, Ali Downard 6, Jada Calloway 5, Caitlyn Abreu 4, Sarah Mack 2.
Home (18-13) — Jordan Wiley 10, Laci Hawthorne 8, Kiley Flood 7, Krystal Eppright 5, Megaysha Brooks 3.