Andrew Miller, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –Godby (21-1) defeated the Leon (14-9) Tuesday night by a score of 58-44. Godby avenged their loss to Rickards on Saturday—their first of the season— beating Leon 58-44 on senior night.
The Cougars (21-1) relied heavily on stingy interior defense and contributions from senior twins, Montre (15 points) and Montreal Edwards (12 points).
“At the end we played pretty good defense,” Godby head coach Andy Colville said. “When you only give up 44 points, you should win.”
The game was close for much of the first half until Godby went on a 9-0 run with 6:05 left in the second quarter, adding to their lead and notching the score at 29-21 at halftime.
Leon (14-9) went on a 6-0 run of their own at the beginning of the third quarter, positioning them back into the game, but still trailing 33-31 with 2:50 left in the third.
The Cougars responded with a buzzer-beating three at the end of the third quarter by Montre Edwards, energizing the crowd and providing the home team with some momentum heading into the final period and leading 45-37.
“It felt really good, especially on Senior Night,” Edwards said of his buzzer-beater. The game marked Edwards’ last home appearance for the Cougars during the regular season.
Turnovers and missed shots plagued Leon in the fourth quarter, while Godby capitalized on their errors en route to easy fast break points. Many of these turnovers can be attributed to Godby’s suffocating full-court press defense, as it was apparent that Leon was tiring out as the game went on.
Ultimately, the Lions could not muster up enough energy to ignite a comeback and were defeated, snapping a four-game winning streak.
The Cougars will bid farewell to five seniors at the end of the year. The names and faces of Godby basketball for the past four years were visible on the walls of the Cougar Den and in the heart of coach Colville.
“I’m going to miss 6’9,” referring to prized big man Corbin Merritt, who graduates this year. “I’m also mad at the twins’ mom because they didn’t have triplets,” Colville humorously added, suggesting that he could surely find a place for a third Edwards brother. With the pair combining for 27 points, that may not be such a bad idea.
Godby takes the floor Friday at Lincoln, and Leon will travel to Wakulla for their next game Thursday night.