LadyKat Basketball Bounces back in Win over Alvarado

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The #13 Kennedale Lady Kats (21-8, 3-1), recovering from a disaster on Tuesday night in a 16 point loss to Godley, defeated Alvarado 65-45 to secure second place in District 7-4A first round action last night.{{more}}
Playing in Alvarado and without lead scorer, senior guard Jasmyn Poe (18.7 ppg), the Kats took an early lead with a 13-7 first quarter.
Kennedale when on to shut down the Alvarado Lady Indians (10-8, 2-2) in the first half by allowing them only 13 points while building a 17 point lead.
At the half, the score was 30-13. The Lady Indians fought back in the second half, scoring 32 points, but it was never enough to overcome the big first half by the Lady Kats.
Senior guard, Kathryn (Kat) Mosely stepped up her game scoring 22 points, a game high for both teams. Other scoring were Evie Whorley (12), Brenee Ellis (7), Payton Williams (6), Lucy Benson (5), Jasmine Alli (4), Robbie Johnson (4), Amanda Davis (3) and Dajia Simmons (2).
Tuesday night Kennedale was taken to school by the Godley Lady Cats (23-2, 4-0) in a stunning loss to Godley 69-53.
Earlier in the season, Kennedale had lost to Godley in overtime during the championship game of the Granbury Tournament, 52-50 on a neutral court.
Kennedale had hopes to get that loss back with a win Tuesday night at home. It was not to be.
The game started out well for the Kennedale Kats. Two minutes in the game, the Kats were leading by a score of 6-2. But, thirty seconds later, the Godley Cats took the lead at 7-6 during what would be a 16-2 run. The Lady Kats would never lead again.
Kennedale kept the game close in the first quarter, helped by two 3?s by Jasmyn Poe late in the quarter, finished four points behind at 20-16.
Godley, led by Makaila Tyler (21 pts) and Leanna James (18 pts), played aggressive, in your face ball, that seemed to have taken the Lady Kats by surprise. While the Kats seem unsure and off-balanced, Godley was popping the net and controlling the game at both ends.
Godley outscored Kennedale 24-14 in the second quarter, taking a 44-30 lead into half. Kennedale player, Jasmyn Poe, who has 505 points for the season and averages 18.7 points per game, left the game late in Q2 with an ankle injury and never returned to play.
Godley shut down Kennedale in the 3rd with such a smothering game that the Kats scored only 6 points in the quarter while Godley scored 17. Q3 ended with the score at 61-36.
In the fourth and sitting on a 25 point lead, Godley went to a slow down game. And, for the first time, the Lady Cats from Godley showed some confusion in their play. That, along with poor shooting at the line, allowed Kennedale to take some edge off the loss by taking the quarter 17-8.
Not enough and too late for Kennedale, as the final was 69-53, propelling Godley into first place in the first round of District 7-4A play.
Top Player for Kennedale in the game was sophomore Evie Whorley with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. Other Lady Kats playing/scoring were Kat Mosely (3 stls, 13 pts), Jasmyn Poe (3 rebs, 1 ast, 12 pts), Brenee Ellis (10 rebs, 4 stls, 4 pts), Jasmine Alli (6 rebs, 4 pts), Lucy Benson (7 rebs, 3 ast, 4 stls, 2 pts), Robbie Johnson (3 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl, 2pts), Dajia Simmons (1 reb, 2 pts), Amanda Davis (1 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk), Payton Williams (1 ast, 1 stl).

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