Senior Morgan Northcutt has accomplished many things wearing a Granbury Lady Pirates basketball uniform.
Earlier this season she set the team record for consecutive free throws made when she hit 57 straight.
And she has been starting on the varsity since her freshman season, helping the team win seven playoff games in her three seasons.
Tuesday night she took aim at the Lady Pirates’ 3-point record. And while she came up one shy, her nine treys were definitely a sight to behold as she blistered the nets for a career-high 35 points in a 78-40 victory against Western Hills.
“Sometimes you just have those nights where everything goes,” said Northcutt. “The best part was seeing my team rally around me, calling timeouts, getting me the ball, setting me up. They really wanted me to have that record.”
Molly Weyandt’s record of 10 3-pointers in a game still stands, but Northcutt gave it quite a scare.
Northcutt made one 3 in the first quarter, two in the second, and one in the third. Then, after a couple more in the fourth, it became apparent to her coach and those keeping track that she had a legitimate shot at the record.
“When she got to eight, I said ‘We’re going to go for it,’” said Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews.
“That was real exciting to watch. She had everybody fired up.”
Fans and players alike became aware of what was happening. It created an electrifying atmosphere in the James Wann Sports Center.
“I try not to focus on that too much,” said Northcutt. “But it was exciting, that’s for sure.”
Along with her 35 points, Northcutt delivered a game-high seven assists.
Northcutt’s performance was clearly the highlight, but not the sole strong showing of the night for the Lady Pirates as they moved within one victory of clinching a playoff berth. Kennedy Shelstead scored 15 points with six rebounds and three 3-pointers, Amber Strange had 10 points with eight boards, and Bryce Frank posted another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
In all, the Lady Pirates grabbed 42 rebounds, giving them 79 in the past two games. They also divided 23 assists and 17 steals, giving them 45 and 29, respectively, over the past two games.
“We’re playing a little better ball, and peaking now is the perfect time,” said Andrews.
The Lady Pirates were playing at Fort Worth Southwest last night. A victory would secure no worse than fourth place in district and a berth in the postseason.
“They’re hungrier for more than just a playoff spot,” said Andrews. “They know they are playing better than they were earlier in the season, and they want to make the most of that.”
The Lady Pirates’ two district losses were on the road against Trimble Tech (63-45) and Aledo (53-27). Both of those teams have clinched playoff berths, and Trimble Tech visits Granbury Tuesday with Aledo coming to town Friday.
Andrews added that the 13 treys made by the Lady Pirates might also be a team record.
“When Molly made her 10, I’m not sure anyone else on the team made one that night,” she said.
“Either way, we sure made a lot of 3s, and Morgan was red hot.”
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Western HIlls 12 14 11 3 – 40
Granbury 18 19 19 22 – 78
Granbury (16-9, 8-2 in 7-4A) scoring – Morgan Northcutt 35, Kennedy Shelstead 15, Amber Strange 10, Bryce Frank 10, Caroline Forrest 7, Erin Jones 1.
3-pointers – Northcutt 9, Shelstead 3, Forrest 1.
Rebounds – Frank 12, Strange 8, Shelstead 6, Northcutt 5, Jones 5. Team 42.
Assists – Northcutt 7, Forrest 6, Frank 5. Team 23.
Steals – Forrest 4, Northcutt 3, Shelstead 3, Frank 3. Team 17.