Victories do not have to be pretty.
Should Friday night’s 58-38 home win over Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt help the Granbury Lady Pirates win the District 7-4A championship, no one will care how they fashioned the triumph.
“I do think our focus was a little off tonight,” said Lady Pirate guard Morgan Northcutt, who led all scorers with 22 points.
“It’s hard to bring the same game every game. The competition in this district is so diverse.
“But we are realizing that’s what we have to do more.”
Northcutt was being kind using the word diverse. The reality is there are three good teams and the rest of the league.
The three good teams, Granbury (17-11), Aledo (20-7) and Fort Worth Trimble Tech (22-5), are tied for first place in the district, all with 8-1 league marks. Granbury defeated Trimble Tech, Aledo defeated Granbury, and Tech defeated Aledo in the first round.
All three have one more meeting, with Granbury playing Tech in Fort Worth next Tuesday and going to Aledo on Feb. 1.
The Lady Pirates’ second win over Wyatt wasn’t as convincing as they 52-9 rout in Fort Worth on Dec. 14, largely because Granbury committed 23 turnovers.
“They (Wyatt) played better than when we beat them at Wilkerson-Greines,” said Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews. “Still, you have to be careful to not get sloppy, and we didn’t do that tonight.
“But it was still a win, and the good thing is everybody did get to play.”
The Lady Pirates forced Wyatt into 21 turnovers and had 15 steals. Granbury also had a 30-15 rebound advantage.
Granbury was playing Western Hills last night. A win would clinch a playoff berth.
One of the evening’s highlights was former Lady Pirate Jia Perkins, of the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars, hitting 11 free throws in one minute at halftime to raise money for Project Graduation.
“That brought back a few memories,” she said with a chuckle.
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O.D. Wyatt 8 3 6 21 – 38
Granbury 12 12 21 13 – 58
Granbury (17-11, 8-1 in 7-4A) scoring – Morgan Northcutt 22, Kali Jones 11, Lilley Vander Zee 8, Lauren Clough 7, Shelby Cline 6, Breanna Crain 4.
3-pointers – Granbury 3-4 (Norhcutt 3), Wyatt 1-10.
Rebounds – Granbury 30 (Vander Zee 9, Clough 6), Wyatt 15.
Granbury assists – Vander Zee 6.
Granbury steals – Northcutt 4, Bonugli 4.
Granbury blocks – Vander Zee 3.
Free throws – Granbury 11-16, Wyatt 15-24.