TEXARKANA - The Gurdon Lady Go-Devils never gave up.
In 24 straight losses this season, the Lady Go-Devils showed they don’t quit and have come close to winning a handful of times in ball games. But on Monday night in the 7-3A District Tournament held at Genoa Central High School, the Lady Go-Devils finally won when they defeated the Horatio Lady Lions 70-56 to advance to the second round.
“The girls played real hard,” Gurdon Lady Go-Devils head basketball coach Edna Cooper said. “They have learned to eliminate our turnovers and cause the opponent to commit them. They played great in the first, third and fourth quarter both offensively and defensively, but we relaxed in the second quarter.”
The Lady Go-Devils managed to hold on to a 12-10 first quarter lead. Daesha Ivory had two field goals in the first period and finished the game with 25 points. Keoyna Jones made two free throws for Gurdon, but it was Antwonette Laster who stole the show with a season-high 15 points in the game, including three field goals in the first quarter.
Horatio outscored Gurdon 17-14 in the second period to take a slim 27-26 lead at halftime. Jones had a field goal, Kira Accor had a field goal and a 3-pointer, Ivory made a basket and a free throw, Laster had two points and Michaela Mayfield made three of four free throws for the Lady Go-Devils.
Both teams came out of halftime and played an even third quarter with each scoring 18 points. Jones had a 3-pointer for Gurdon, Ivory had two field goals and made four of six free throws, Mayfield had a field goal, completed a three-point play and hit one of two free throws as the lead swapped back and forth between Gurdon and Horatio. By the end of the third quarter, the Lady Lions led 45-44.
The Lady Go-Devils poured it on in the fourth period with defensive pressure that caught the Lady Lions off guard. Gurdon outscored Horatio 26-11 in the fourth quarter to claim its first victory of the season.
In the fourth period, Accor made a basket and hit three of four free throws to finish the game with 10 points for Gurdon. Ivory put in four field goals and made two of four free throws, Laster made a 3-pointer and two field goals to finish with 15 points, Mayfield made two more free throws in the fourth to finish with 11 points. Haven Cooper scored the only other basket for Gurdon in the quarter.
“Horatio has a good team and they are good shooters, but we didn’t let that determine the game,” Cooper said. “Our girls came out with a winning spirit and they came out on top.”
It was the first time that the Lady Go-Devils had four players score in double-digits during a single game. Ivory was game-high scorer with 25 points, while Laster and Mayfield scored their single-game high score against Horatio.