Stopping just short of using the word desperation to describe their situation, the Granbury Lady Pirates got a much-needed 50-45 overtime victory against Arlington Heights Friday at the James Wann Sports Center.
“I wouldn’t say we were desperate, but I truly feel our girls were hungry for a win,” said Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews, whose team had lost two straight.
The Lady Pirates (13-9 overall) improved to 5-2 and sit alone in third place in District 7-4A behind Aledo (18-3, 7-0) and Trimble Tech (20-4, 6-1). They had dropped road contests to those two teams prior to Friday (63-45 against Tech and 53-27 to Aledo).
The skid ended against fourth-place Heights (10-5, 4-3), but not without a scare. The Lady Jackets ended regulation with a 6-0 run in the final 54 seconds to force overtime at 44-44, the tying basket coming on a prayer of the jumper with four seconds left.
In the overtime, however, the Lady Pirates held the ball and forced Heights to foul. Granbury outscored the visitors 6-1, going 6-for-9 at the free throw line in the extra period, compared to Heights making a single foul shot in two attempts.
“We had to keep the ball in our end of the court,” said Lady Pirate Erin Jones. “We couldn’t let them keep the ball.”
The Lady Pirates had been plagued by turnovers of late, committing 77 in their back-to-back losses. They had 14 through the first three quarters Friday, but surrendered just one in the fourth quarter and one in overtime.
Morgan Northcutt led Granbury with 16 points, while Bryce Frank added 15 with 11 rebounds.
“Heights has improved a lot from last year,” said Andrews. “They shoot the ball well, and they have a tremendous guard offense.
“People say you’d rather be lucky than good, but in a game like this, you’d better be good.”
Granbury’s largest lead was seven points, twice at 18-11 and 35-28. Heights’ only lead was 5-0 early.
The Lady Pirates began the second half of district play last night at home against South Hills.
“We’re going to try and improve inch by inch,” said Andrews. “And we’ll see where the marbles stop when we see Tech and Aledo again.”
The top four teams in district will advance to the playoffs. Granbury finished third last season and reached the third round of the playoffs before being eliminated by Aledo.
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Arl. Heights 9 12 11 12 1 – 45
Granbury 9 17 11 7 6 – 50
Granbury (13-9, 5-2 in 7-4A) scoring – Morgan Northcutt 16, Bryce Frank 15, Caroline Forrest 11, Erin Jones 3, Amber Strange 3, Kennedy Shelstead 2.
Heights (10-5, 4-3) leading scorer – KeAundra Hobson 10.
3-pointers – Granbury: Northcutt 1. Heights: Jasmine Stanley 1, Najat Woden.
Rebounds – Granbury: Frank 11, Strange 8. Heights: Stanley 5.
Assists – Granbury: Frank 5, team 14. Heights: team 5.
Steals – Granbury: Forrest 3, team 5. Heights: team 5.
2-point FG – Granbury 15-29 (52 percent). Heights 16-34 (47 percent).
3-point FG – Granbury 1-8 (13 percent). Heights 2-11 (18 percent).
Team rebounds – Granbury 31. Heights 23.
Free throws – Granbury 17-28 (61 percent). Heights 7-12 (58 percent).
Turnovers – Granbury 16. Heights 17.