Maize South holds off Goddard to win battle of unbeatens

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GODDARD, Kan. - In a game that might determine who ends up as the 1 seed in the Class 5A playoffs, Maize South outlasted Goddard in a battle of two teams that entered play with 12-0 records.

Jan, 29, 2019; Goddard, Kansas, USA; ©Kelly Ross

It was the road Mavericks that came out unscathed Tuesday night.

Zayda Perez lead the way with 18 points for Maize South as they handed Goddard their first loss of the season, 48-39.

Perez started the game out on fire, with 10 of her 18 coming in the first quarter. She had all but two of Maize South's first quarter points. Then in the second Maize South pushed the lead to as much as 13, going up 21-8 and the game could have went the way of their last one, a 50 point rout of Mill Valley Saturday night.

But Goddard stayed to fight. Kade Hackerott came up with a clutch steal late in the half, driving to the basket and drawing a blocking foul to cap a 7-0 Lion run to get the score to 21-15 at the break.

Maize South quickly got the lead back to double digits in the second half, forcing a timeout call from Goddard. Then the Lions chipped back away at the lead, with a Torri Vang bucket cutting the lead to two.

The Mavs started to pull away from there, with Lexi Snodgrass scoring five quick points to get the lead back to 8. Maize South hit their foul shots to close Goddard out and get the 9 point win.

Perez was a perfect 6/6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter for 6 of her 18. Lauren Johnson finished 9/10 from the line to end the game in double figures with 11, 4 of those free throws coming in the final frame.

Maize South will look to move to 14-0 on Friday, but the competition gets no easier. They'll face crosstown rival Maize who sits with a 12-1 mark of their own in a home contest.

Jan, 29, 2019; Goddard, Kansas, USA; ©Kelly Ross