A little more than a month ago there was a question whether the Granbury Lady Pirates were even going to be in the basketball playoffs.
Now, the question is can they win the 7-4A championship?
“We’re going for it,” said Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews. “I’ve got a group of young ladies very determined.”
This comment from the coach came moments after her team avenged an earlier loss to Fort Worth Trimble Tech and won 51-49 Friday at the James Wann Sports Center to move to 5-0 in district (14-10 overall). They were tied with Aledo for the district’s top spot entering last night’s home game against Aledo.
The Lady Pirates were led by Ashley Bonugli’s 18 points and seven rebounds. Ironically, it was her one assist that helped provide the winning basket.
With 24 seconds remaining in the contest, Bonugli drove and drew Trimble Tech defenders to herself. She then dished off to Morgan Northcutt, who popped home a 3-pointer for a 50-49 Granbury advantage.
“Morgan’s actually our designated 3-point shooter on the team,” said Bonugli, who hit four of the team’s treys (Northcutt had the other two).
“Some nights I’m on and sometimes I’m off. Tonight I was on.
“I really wanted to do well in this game, and we all really wanted to win this one because of what it means.”
With eight seconds left, Northcutt hit one of two free throws following a technical foul call against Tech.
Along with the free throws, Granbury got the ball out of bounds and the contest appeared over with Granbury leading 51-49. However, a controversial traveling call against the Lady Pirates gave Tech the ball with one second remaining.
Following a timeout, Tech heaved a desperation 3-point attempt instead of trying to put a player in the lane for a possible pass-and-shoot situation.
Momentum shifted in the game after Andrews moved Bonugli from shooting guard to point guard late in the first quarter. The Lady Pirates responded with a 20-4 run for a 27-20 halftime lead.
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Trimble Tech 16 4 16 13 -49
Granbury 12 15 10 14 – 51
Granbury (14-10, 5-0 in 7-4A) scoring – Ashley Bonugli 18, Lilley Vander Zee 13, Morgan Northcutt 11, Bailey Cole 4, Shelby Cline 4, Kali Jones 1.
Trimble Tech (18-5, 4-1) scoring leader – Crystal Allen 25.
3-pointers – Granbury: Bonugli 4, Northcutt 2, team 6-12. Tech: Allen 3, Karrington Brown 2, LaKendra Bassett 1, team 6-13.
Rebounds – Granbury: Bonugli 7, Cline 6, Vander Zee 5, team 26. Tech: team 10.
Granbury assists – Vander Zee 3.
2-point field goals – Granbury 11-20, Tech 12-27.
Free throws – Granbury 11-19. Tech 7-12.