Cold-shooting Lady Pirates drop from first in 7-4A with setback


The game, after all, is called basketball.

No matter how many rebounds or how many takeaways a team has, it still boils down to one simple thing.

Put the ball through the basket more than the other team.

Had the Granbury Lady Pirates done that more consistently against Aledo Tuesday night at the James Wann Sports Center, the outcome might have been different than a 46-40 loss.

The loss left the Lady Pirates (14-11 overall) in a tie for second place in 7-4A with Fort Worth Trimble Tech. Both teams are 5-1 and a game behind Aledo (18-6, 6-0).

Trimble Tech plays at Aledo today, while Granbury was at Arlington Heights last to wrap up the first half of district play.

Against Aledo, the Lady Pirates were 6-for-27 (22 percent) from the field through the first three quarters. As a result, they found themselves down 38-24.

In the fourth quarter, Granbury began making shots, going 5-for-7, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Behind that they finished the game with a 16-8 run.

“If we had played the whole game like we did that last quarter, it would have been a great game and we probably win,” said Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews.

“I told the girls I appreciate the effort and the fight coming back. If we go over there and do that I believe we can win.”

The teams meet again Feb. 1 in Aledo.

The battle of 6-4 posts, Granbury senior Lilley Vander Zee and Aledo sophomore Justis Szczepanski-Beavers saw both players foul out. However, Vander Zee collected three of her fouls in the game’s first four minutes and sat much of the contest.

While Vander Zee, who led Granbury with 10 points, was on the bench, Aledo used a 17-0 run over a nine-minute span to go up 31-18.

Morgan Northcutt’s 3-point basket with 31 seconds remaining pulled the Lady Pirates to within 44-40. They were unable to get any closer, however, as they could not put the Ladycats on the free throw line in the closing moments.

“We couldn’t get close enough to foul,” Andrews said. “Aledo had good ball movement.”

The Lady Pirates hit more 3-pointers (4-3) and free throws (14-9). But Aledo hit twice as many 2-pointers and took 13 more shots, largely because of a big advantage in offensive rebounds.

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Girls basketball

Aledo 12 11 15 8 – 46

Granbury 12 6 6 16 – 40

Granbury (14-11, 5-1 in 7-4A) scoring – Lilley Vander Zee 10, Ashley Bonugli 8, Morgan Northcutt 7, Bailey Cole 6, Kali Jones 4, Lauren Clough 3, Breanna Crain 2.

Aledo (18-6, 6-0) scoring leaders – Mallory Powell 17, Justis Szczepanski-Beavers 14.

3-pointers – Granbury 4-12 (Bonugli 2, Northcutt 1, Clough 1). Aledo 3-16 (Powell 3).

Rebounds – Granbury 21 (Bonugli 6, Vander Zee 5), Aledo 19.

Turnovers – Granbury 17, Aledo 16.

Free throws – Granbury 14-23, Aledo 9-14.