Lady Pirates bounce back, capture seventh place


One way to overcome 13 fourth-quarter turnovers is to force your opponent to make a dozen.

That’s what the Granbury Lady Pirates did Saturday in a 47-33 victory against Aldine Nimitz in the seventh-place game of the Van Griffith Kia Basketball Classic.

“We kind of fought ourselves,” said Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews. “But that’s a positive when you can offset your mistakes with theirs.”

The Lady Pirates (8-6) finished the tournament with two wins Saturday, also defeating Beaumont Central 51-22 earlier that day. Granbury was supposed to play Stephenville for seventh place, but the Honeybees allowed Nimitz (9-10) to take their place because they wanted to go to the Yellowjackets’ state semifinal football game against Kilgore (a 37-6 loss).

Nimitz finished 0-4 in the tournament.

With 3:16 left in the game, Nimitz closed to within 36-33. then, Granbury reeled off the final 11 points.

Erin Jones and Morgan Northcutt led the late surge with five points each. It was Northcutt’s 3-pointer with 2:47 left that put Granbury back up by six, 39-33, and got the run started.

“Morgan wanted the ball,” said Andrews. “She’s a winner.”

The game was tied at 18 at the half, but Granbury went on a 14-7 run over the course of the third quarter to go up 32-25.

Northcutt led all scorers with 16 points. She scored 19 to top all against Beaumont Central.

The Lady Pirates used a 12-0 third-quarter run to turn a convincing lead into a rout against Central.

Northcutt scored 20 against Kennedale in a 53-42 loss Friday, but escape the Ladycats’ tenacious defense in the second half, committing a dozen turnovers. Kennedale led just 22-21 at the intermission, but made 14 of 23 field goals in the second half, compared to five of 18 for Granbury.

The Lady Pirates outrebounded Kennedale 31-24. However, many of the Ladycats’ boards were offensive, creating 16 more shots.

Andrews said the two victories Saturday are critical with her team returning to District 7-4A competition last night at Western Hills.

“It’s certainly not going to hurt us to have a little momentum coming out of this after the way things started,” she said. “I saw some turning points today, and I believe we’re going to get better and better.”

The Lady Pirates began the tournament Thursday with a 43-38 loss to Class A Division I Santo, which went on to lose the consolation final to Amarillo.



The tournament championship was won by the Aledo Ladycats, who topped Round Rock Westwood 51-30 in the final. In the semifinals, they defeated another District 7-4A team, Trimble Tech, 60-55.

The Ladycats, ranked second in the state in Class 4A, opened the tournament with a 49-47 overtime win over Kennedale.

Trimble Tech, which took third place, is ranked fifth in the state.

“That’s a nice substitute since we didn’t win it,” said Andrews.

“I’m proud for them and Mike. He’s got a good squad.

“We’ve got a three-team race in district, and we’re in the top three. That’s a good place to be.”

Last season, Aledo won district and advanced to the state semifinals, Trimble Tech was second and Granbury was third. Aledo defeated Granbury in the third round of the playoffs.

Trimble Tech was forced to forfeit its bidistrict win after a player was declared ineligible.

Granbury faces Trimble Tech on Jan. 3 at Billingsley Field House in Fort Worth and hosts the Lady Bulldogs on Jan. 28. The Lady Pirates travel to Aledo Jan. 7 and hosts the Ladycats on Jan. 31.

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Girls basketball

Van Griffith Kia Basketball Classic

Kennedale 7 15 20 11 – 53

Granbury 12 9 13 8 – 42

Granbury (6-6) scoring – Morgan Northcutt 20, Lily Thornton 6, Bryce Frank 6, Amber Strange 4, Erin Jones 4, Whitley Tipton 2.

Kennedale (5-6) leading scorers – McKinley Bostad 23, Jasmine Poe 13.

3-pointers – Granbury: Northcutt 1. Kennedale: Bostad 2, Poe 1, Sadie Mahnesmith 1.

Rebounds – Granbury: Frank 9, Strange 7. Kennedale: Bostad 6.

Assists – Granbury: Strange 5. Kennedale: Bostad 7.

2-point FG – Granbury 11-27 (41 percent). Kennedale 17-43 (40 percent).

3-point FG – Granbury 1-10 (10 percent). Kennedale 4-10 (40 percent).

Free throws – Granbury 17-21 (81 percent). Kennedale 7-12 (58 percent).

Team rebounds – Granbury 31, Kennedale 24.

Turnovers – Granbury 19, Kennedale 12.

Beaumont Central 2 11 0 9 – 22

Granbury 11 18 12 10 – 51

Granbury (7-6) scoring – Northcutt 19, Frank 10, Strange 6, Jones 5, Sarah Sledge 4, Kennedy Shelstead 4, Tipton 3.

3-pointerr – Jones 1.

Rebounds – Frank 10, Strange 8, Northcutt 6.

Assists – Caroline Forrest 4, Northcutt 4.

Steals – Northcutt 8, Frank 3.

Free throws – 14-16.

Seventh-place game

Aldine Nimitz 12 6 7 8 – 33

Granbury 9 9 14 15 – 47

Granbury (8-6) scoring – Northcutt 16, Frank 13, Jones 5, Strange 5, Tipton 4, Forrest 2, Shelstead 2.

Nimitz (9-10) leading scorer – A’Lachanon 12.

3-pointers – Granbury: Northcutt 2.

Rebounds – Granbury: Frank 8, Strange 7. Nimitz: Shaquaal Guidry 10, Jakyra Pigott 8.

2-point FG – Granbury 13-32 (41 percent). Nimitz 16-40 (40 percent).

3-point FG – Granbury 2-13 (15 percent). Nimitz 0-5.

Free throws – Granbury 15-21 (71 percent). Nimitz 1-6 (17 percent).

Team rebounds – Granbury 27, Nimitz 27.

Turnovers – Granbury 20, Nimitz 25.