Lady Mustangs drop first district game to GC Memorial

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Lady Mustangs (8-1) went through the first round of District 22-5A action with a perfect 7-0 mark, but they weren't able to turn away Goose Creek Memorial to begin the second round of league play.

Memorial set the tone for the game in the opening quarter as they jumped out to a 19-12 lead.

The Lady Patriots (7-2) built a 12-2 lead, but Friendswood sophomore post Ashlyn Mason scored two baskets and senior guard Kinsey Cole fired in a 3-point missile to cut the margin to 12-7 before Memorial went on a 5-0 run for a 17-7 lead with less than three minutes to go in the opening frame.

The period closed with Friendswood outscoring Memorial 5-2, but still trailed 19-12 moving to the next quarter.

Memorial continued to stay ahead of Friendswood over the next eight minutes 12-7 for a 30-19 halftime lead.

While Friendswood continued to battle, the Lady 'Stangs could never make up any ground as Nicole Nash hit a 3-pointer for Friendswood to begin the second half to cut the margin to 30-22, but the Lady Pats went on an 8-1 run for a 38-23 lead.

The third quarter ended on 40-28 as Friendswood outscored Memorial 5-2 to close out the third.

Mason scored two quick baskets to get the fourth quarter started to cut the margin to 40-32, but Memorial would take advantage of a strong showing at the charity stripe hitting 12-of-18 free throws to close out the game with a 56-46 win as Friendswood took the final frame 18-16 in a come back effort.

Mason led Friendswood in scoring with 14 points while Nash and Cole each scored eight points, followed by Sami Page with seven points and Sallianne Roher with five points.