The inability to grab offensive rebounds and failure to make baskets is about as deadly a combinatiion as there is in the game of basketball.
Such was the plight of the Granbury Pirates for most of their 60-47 loss to Fort Worth Arlington Heights Friday at the James Wann Sports Center.
But mostly, the Yellowjackets took advantage of their height and size to control the District 7-4A contest, particularly in building up a 20-point lead through the first three quarters.
The win left Granbury (12-10, 3-2 in 7-4A) fourth in district, a game up on Aledo, whom the Pirates defeated 75-72 just over a week ago.
“Everybody was given a lot of attaboys after Aledo, but now we’ve got to see what happens,” said Granbury coach David Breazeale.
“It’s hard to deal with success. It’s easier to come back from failure than it is to stay successful.”
Heights has mastered staying successful. The Yellowjackets reached state two years ago and the regional final last year. Several members of this team were on those squads.
Heights used a 15-0 run in the second quarter to break the contest open and lead 33-15.
Breazeale did, however, like the way his team finished the game.
“The last five minutes we’ve got guys sliding their feet and cutting them off, and there were times he (Heights coach Jon Wagner) put his big team back in when we crept up a little,” Breazeale said. “So the last five minutes I saw some things that were Granbury basketball.”
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FW Arl. Heights 18 15 17 10 – 60
Granbury 12 5 13 17 – 47
Granbury (12-10, 3-2 in 7-4A) scoring – Brandon Fichter 16, Jacob Taylor 12, Kory Rafferty 7, Nick Doughty 6, Clay Brawner 3, Jimmy Hodges 2, Collin McCann 1.
Heights (11-6, 4-1) leading scorer – Damontre McFarland 16.
Rebounds – Heights 32 ( McFarland 10, A’Shawn Robinson 10), Granbury 30 (Fichter 9, Rafferty 8).
2-point field goals – Heights 18-37, Granbury 14-38.
3-point field goals – Heights 4-9, Granbury 4-17.
Free throws – Heights 12-23, Granbury 7-9.