By Sam Jack
The Goddard Lions hosted Maize South on Tuesday, Jan. 18, overcoming late-game foul trouble to win 42-37.
Lions head coach Marcus James said that the game was a great battle.
“Maize South came out and fought their tails off,” he said. “Really it came down to us finally having a chance to test if we’re a team.”
Three Goddard starters – Maycee James, Lauryn Gordon and Marayah Coleman – fouled out in the last three minutes, with the game still close. That gave other players opportunities to step up for the Lions, notably senior Bailey Scoggin, who led the team in scoring.
“She was two-for-two in threes, and hit those two threes in the second half,” James said. “She had three big free throws, also three-for-three on that, and just some big, timely buckets. She had a stat in every major category – she had a steal, she had a block, three rebounds, an assist – and that steal actually was the one that sealed the game.”
On the possession terminated by Scoggin’s steal, the Mavericks could have scored to go up by a point with time draining away. Instead, Maize South had to foul, and the Lions put away four three throws to ice the game.
“It just goes to show, we’re finding different ways to be successful and win,” James said. “That’s huge, going into a big tournament in the midseason.”
The Lions start their midseason tournament in El Dorado this Thursday. They will play El Dorado in the first round.
Goddard: Bailey Scoggin 13, Maycee James 12, Lauryn Gordon 4, Marayah Coleman 4, Reece Albin 4, Ashlynn Wcislo 3, Annie Scoggin 2.