The Granbury Lady Pirates began District 7-4A basketball with a 72-19 thumping of South Hills in Fort Worth Tuesday, but the victory may have come at a price.
Freshman post Amber Strange injured her ankle in the third quarter and left the game. She was on crutches at the end of the night and her situation was still being diagnosed as the Lady Pirates prepared to begin play in the Cowtown Classic this weekend.
“It may just come down to how much pain she can tolerate,” said Andrews. “I know if she can play, she’ll want to.”
Bryce Frank led the Lady Pirates (5-4 overall) with 30 points and 16 rebounds, along with a pair of steals. Morgan Northcutt added 13 points with six steals, five rebounds and three assists.
Northcutt extended her school-record streak of consecutive free throws made to 57 before missing.
Still the final outcome was closer than either of the games last season. Granbury won 88-6 at home and 74-13 in Fort Worth.
VAN GRIFFITH KIA TOURNEY
The Van Griffith Kia Basketball Classic is next weekend at GHS.
The girls division will include several state-ranked teams, including Aledo, second in Class 4A and coached by former Lady Pirate assistant Mike Pinkerton.
Other ranked girls teams are Santo (14 in Class A Division I), Amarillo (12 in 4A), and Stephenville (14 in 3A).
Two boys teams entered are ranked, Everman (16 in 4A) and All Saints (18 among large private schools).
The Lady Pirates play Santo Thursday at 9:30 a.m., and the Pirates will meet North Dallas Thursday at 11 a.m.
Granbury 16 18 21 17 – 72
South Hills 0 4 10 5 – 19
Granbury (5-4, 1-0 in 7-4A) scoring – Bryce Frank 30, Morgan Northcutt 13, Whitley Tipton 8,, Erin Jones 5, Caroline Forrest 5, Lily Thornton 5, Amber Strange 4, Sarah Sledge 2.
3-pointers – Northcutt 2, Thornton 1
Rebounds – Frank 16, Strange 7, Northcutt 5. Team 44.
Assists – Kennedy Shelstead 5, Northcutt 3, Thornton 3.
Steals – Northcutt 6.