Lilley Vander Zee scored 22 points Friday night, but none were more important than the final two.
Vander Zee’s last-second basket lifted the Lady Pirates to a 48-46 road win against Keller, evening Granbury’s record at 1-1. The
Lady Pirates, ranked 15th in the state in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, lost their season opener at home to No. 4 and defending state champion Mansfield Summit 46-43 in overtime earlier in the week.
Granbury led Keller 39-31 after three quarters. However, the home team rallied and tied the game at 46 before Vander Zee’s late heroics.
“This was a tough contest,” said Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews. “We were very fortunate to come away with a win.”
Vander Zee ended the night with a double-double, also grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds. Seven Lady Pirates combined for the team’s 34 boards.
In fact, the Lady Pirates’ stats were well-distributed. Six players combined for 11 assists, led by Morgan Northcutt with three, and six combined for six steals, again led by Northcutt with two.
The team had to overcome 18 turnovers.
Granbury 11 14 14 9 – 48
Keller 9 13 9 15 – 46
Granbury (1-1) scorers – Lilley Vander Zee 22, Morgan Northcutt 9, Ashley Bonugli 8, Bailey Cole 7, Lauren Clough 2.
Rebounds – Vander Zee 16, Cole 6, Clough 5.
Assists – Northcutt 3.
Steals – Northcutt 2.