The Granbury Lady Pirates weren’t perfect in tournament play this predistrict season.
But they were close.
The Lady Pirates finished second in the Trinity Tournament this past weekend, winning five of six matches. It came on the heels of championships in the Maui Invitational and their own Classic Chevrolet Tournament.
The Lady Pirates (22-2) ended the Trinity tournament in dramatic fashion, rallying back for a 22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-8 victory against Wichita Falls Rider.
“Fantastic finish to the tournament,” said Granbury coach Tammy Clark, whose team is having the best season in school history to this point.
“This team showed a lot of determination and fight to finish strong. We lost to a strong Trinity team who took first in their own tournament.”
The Lady Trojans avenged a a loss to Granbury in the finals of the Lady Pirates’ tourney.
The Lady Pirates displayed strong offense with 239 kills at Trinity, led by Karis Beasley (48) and Aubrey Ezell 47), along with 60 aces (Ezell 22). Ezell delivered 221 assists.
Defensively, Granbury frustrated opponents with 445 digs. Breanna Crain had 114 and Beasley had 80.
“We had a strong tournament season, and now it is time for the Tuesday/Friday routine,” said Clark.
Granbury defeated Abilene 25-19, 25-15, 23-25, 25-14.
Granbury defeated All Saints 25-18, 16-25, 25-16, 25-22.
Trinity defeated Granbury 21-25, 25-18, 25-12, 25-18.
Granbury defeated Haltom 21-25, 25-13, 24-20, 25-23.
Granbury defeated Irving 25-17, 25-12, 25-10.
Granbury defeated WF Rider 22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-8.
Granbury tournament leaders
Kills – Karis Beasley 48, Aubrey Ezell 47, Amber Strange 39, Taylor Deyoung 28, Hannah Hiler 24.
Blocks – Stranger 9.5, Sydney Carpenter 5.5.
Aces – Ezell 22, Madison Miller 11, Strange 9, Beasley 9.
Assists – Ezell 221.
Digs – Breanna Crain 114, Beasley 80, Ezell 73, Shelby Shade 67.
Strange, Crain, Ezell
TOLAR WINS SILVER bracket
The Tolar Lady Rattlers overcame a slow start to bounce back and win the Silver Bracket of the Dublin Tournament, topping 25-16,25-20 in the final.
Tolar (5-11) won its final four games in the tournament.
“It really ended on a good note,” said first-year Tolar coach Scotty Miller. “The girls rallied to beat a pretty decent Poolville team. For the first time we played with high intensity, high enthuasism and high enjoyment.”
Miller called Meg Gilliam a spark that got his team rolling.
“She became our yell leader, for lack of a better term, and then went out on the court and backed it up with some nice kills at important moments.
“We served the ball much better the more we played, and that always builds confidence.”
In winning three times on Saturday, the Lady Rattlers racked up 54 kills and 35 aces as a team. Reagan Mabery served 10 aces and had 11 kills, and Madison Prichard Warren posted a dozen kills.
“We are improving everytime we get on the court,” said Miller.
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