Lady Pirates let one slip away on road

The Granbury Lady Pirates overcame the slowest of starts to take the lead, only to see things slip away in the closing moments of a 43-37 basketball loss at Argyle Tuesday night.

“We took the lead and just let it get away,” said Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews. “But I can’t take away from Argyle. They have a good team, and they just have good shooters.”

Argyle is coached by Skip Townsend, who led Brock to three consecutive Class 2A state championships before leaving last season (the Lady Eagles won a fourth straight). In his first season Argyle advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

The Lady Pirates (1-2) found themselves down 7-2 after the first quarter, but they held a 33-30 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the game. Then, Lilley Vander Zee, the 6-4 University of Texas signee, fouled out.

Without Vander Zee, who scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, the Lady Pirates couldn’t hold on. Argyle finished with a 13-4 run.

“It wasn’t them taking the ball away from us. We just couldn’t hold on to it,” said Andrews.

“We missed a number of shots around the rim, and that’s just focus.”

Granbury managed just 14 rebounds and turned the ball over 12 times. They had eight steals and six assists.

The Lady Pirates also had trouble getting to the free throw line, making just four of six attempts.

“I have to give Argyle credit, because they have some real talent over there,” said Andrews. “We had some good things also even though we lost. Morgan (Northcutt), for example, had a good game.”

Northcutt scored nine points.

“We’ve played three really good teams, and it’s not getting any easier,” said Andrews.

The Lady Pirates, ranked 15th in the state in 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, opened the season with a 46-43 overtime home loss to No. 4 and defending state champion Mansfield Summit. They then went on the road and won 48-46 at Keller on a last-second shot by Vander Zee.

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Granbury 2 15 11 9 – 37

Argyle 7 15 8 13 – 43

Granbury (1-2) scoring – Lilley Vander Zee 16, Morgan Northcutt 9, Lauren Clough 6, Ashley Bonugli 2, Bailey Cole 2, Erin Jones 1.

3-pointers – Clough 2, Northcutt 1.

Rebounds – Vander Zee 6.

Assists – Bonugli 2, Cole 2.

Steals – Clough 2, Whitney Matos 2.

Free throws – 4-6.