The Granbury Lady Pirates began the basketball season with one of the most challenging season-openers in their history.
And it was everything the Granbury fans in attendance could ask for – except for a Lady Pirate win.
Defending 4A state champion Mansfield Summit escaped the James Wann Sports Center with a 46-43 overtime victory Tuesday.
Summit entered the game ranked fourth in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Granbury is 15th.
The teams are former district mates, with Summit capturing last season’s District 7-4A championship and handing the Lady Pirates their only two league losses. They were on course to meet for a third time in the regional championship game before Granbury was ousted by Clint Horizon in the semifinals.
The defensive contest was close throughout, with Granbury up 21-17 at the half and 31-28 after three quarters.
Both teams had a chance at victory in regulation, but let it slip away. Granbury threw the ball away with 23 seconds remaining, and Summit couldn’t capitalize, forcing overtime.
In overtime, the Lady Jaguars finally took command and pulled away after the game was tied at 40.
“We played very hard and tough,” said Granbury coach Leta Andrews. “I am pleased with the progress we are making, and I feel that we grew in defending tough people.
“Summit displayed quickness and speed, and overall we maintained our control. I am excited about the future of our program this season.”
Lilley Vander Zee led Granbury with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Bailey Cole added 13 points.
Summit 9 8 11 10 8 — 46
Granbury 12 9 10 7 – 43
Granbury (0-1) scoring – Lilley Vander Zee 16, Bailey Cole 13, Morgan Northcutt 8, Ashley Bonugli 4, Lauren Clough 2.
3-Point field goals – Northcutt 2.
Rebounds – Vander Zee 13, Bonugli 4, Northcutt 4.
Assists – Bonugli 3.
Steals – Erin Jones 3, Northcutt 2, Vander Zee 2.
Free throws – 11-15.