LITCHFIELD – She didn’t necessarily post gaudy numbers, but Megan Godoyo consistently made valuable contributions to the Lady Vandals throughout the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament.
And that is why the Vandalia junior was given all-tournament honors after the Lady Vandals placed third in the event following Saturday’s 44-40 win against Carlinville.
“She’s not even close to where she can be,” said coach Michelle McNary. “She has been all over the floor, but she will end up way above where she is right now – not to take away from what she has done.”
Godoyo averaged 12.25 points per game during the tournament as Vandalia’s most consistent scorer. Her high game was 21, and her low game was eight.
She also led the team with 12 assists and 11 steals, while adding three rebounds per game.
But her most valuable contribution during the tournament came in the fourth quarter against Carlinville.
After Vandalia had led most of the game, the Lady Cavaliers grabbed five offensive rebounds in two possession to score four second-chance points and take a 36-33 lead.
Godoyo promptly scored baskets on three straight possessions to put the Lady Vandals (2-2) back on top at 39-36.
“That was huge,” McNary said. “She had struggled throughout the game, but then she started to penetrate, and she is tough to guard one-on-one.
“When we got the three-point lead, that was some breathing room, and then she hit the free throw to seal it for us.”
That shot came with 7.9 seconds left in the game, and gave her a team-high 11 points on the night.
In between, Godoyo assisted junior Morgan Cripe on a layup with 1:22 remaining to take a 41-38 lead. Cripe used a pump fake to get an open look at the basket.
After Carlinville’s third second-chance layup of the final period cut that lead to one, senior Morgan Whightsil knocked down a pair of free throws for a 43-40 lead with 23.5 seconds left.
Senior Amber Bruno was also in contention for being selected to the all-tournament team after averaging 16 points per game and leading the team in rebounding in the four games.
She had 10 points and seven rebounds against Carlinville.
The game started with the Lady Cavaliers holding a 7-3 edge, but a 6-0 run over the final 2:58 of the first quarter gave Vandalia a 9-7 lead.
Senior Abby Dugan scored on back-to-back possessions during that stretch, and freshman Makayla Tinker had two points on the way to matching her career-high of six.
Carlinville tied the game on the first shot of the second period, but layups from junior Kaitlyn Kershaw and Tinker would give Vandalia a lead it would not relinquish until the fourth quarter, except for two third-quarter possessions.
“This was our best overall team effort,” McNary said. “Offensively, we moved better, and defensively, we are working hard but our help defense is lacking right now.
“We gave them too many second and third chances on shots.”
Carlinville grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and turned them into 16 points.
Saturday, Nov. 24
at Litchfield Tournament
Points: Godoyo, 11; Bruno, 10; Tinker, 6; Cripe, 4; Dugan, 4; Whightsil, 3; Haley Cothern, 2; Madelyn Hosick, 2; Kershaw, 2.
Rebounds: Bruno, 7; Cripe, 5; Hosick, 5; Godoyo, 3; Team, 3; Tinker, 2; Karlie Bright, 1; Cothern, 1; Dugan, 1.
Assists: Bright, 2; Dugan, 1; Godoyo, 1; Hosick, 1.
Steals: Cripe, 1; Hosick, 1.
A slow start to each half was the downfall for Vandalia in a 49-35 loss to Litchfield last Friday at the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Lady Vandals (1-2) were outscored 24-7 in the first and third periods, and in the game, Vandalia made just 13-of-42 field goals.
Junior Megan Godoyo paced the offense with nine points, and freshman Madelyn Hosick had a career-high eight points.
Freshman Makayla Tinker also had a career-high in scoring, putting in six points, and junior Morgan Cripe led the team in rebounding, with five.
Riley Scharf led Litchfield with a game-high 22 points.
Friday, Nov. 23
at Litchfield Tournament
Points: Godoyo, 9; Hosick, 8; Tinker, 6; Cripe, 5; Amber Bruno, 4; Morgan Whightsil, 2; Karlie Bright, 1.
Rebounds: Cripe, 5; Godoyo, 4; Hosick, 4; Bruno, 3; Tinker, 3.
Assists: Godoyo, 3; Bright, 1; Hosick, 1.
Steals: Godoyo, 3; Bruno, 2; Haley Cothern, 1; Cripe, 1; Kaitlyn Kershaw, 1.
Last Tuesday, Vandalia used 24 points in the fourth quarter to secure a come-from-behind 68-66 win against Athens at the Litchfield Tournament.
Senior Amber Bruno had 22 points to lead the Lady Vandals, and junior Megan Godoyo put in a season-high 21.
In her first game of the season, junior Morgan Cripe had 11 points and a team-high five rebounds. She missed the opener due to illness.
Vandalia again allowed an opponent’s post player to score plenty of points, however, as Athens’ Kami Kern posted 28. In game one, Nokomis’ primary post player had 30 points.
But the Lady Vandals (1-1) were able to overcome that by getting to the free-throw 49 times, including 19 tries in the fourth quarter.
Vandalia converted 28 of those tries, and is 40-of-70 on the season. Bruno and Godoyo had 25 of those makes during the game.
Freshmen Karlie Bright and Madelyn Hosick each scored their first career points, and senior Haley Cothern had her first two points of the season.
Hosick also recorded her first steal, and freshman Makayla Tinker had her first career assist.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
at Litchfield Tournament
Points: Bruno, 22; Godoyo, 21; Cripe, 11; Bright, 4; Cothern, 2; Hosick, 2; Kaitlyn Kershaw, 2; Tinker, 2; Morgan Whightsil, 2.
Rebounds: Cripe, 5; Bruno, 4; Bright, 3; Abby Dugan, 3; Godoyo, 3; Kershaw, 3; Hosick, 1; Tinker, 1.
Assists: Godoyo, 6; Bright, 1; Bruno, 1; Cripe, 1; Tinker, 1.
Steals: Godoyo, 6; Bruno, 3; Bright, 2; Cripe, 1; Godoyo, 1; Brandy Protz, 1; Whightsil, 1.
Blocks: Godoyo, 3; Bright, 1.