Pirates bounce back for clutch victory


As a quarterback, Brandon Fichter made a lot of big plays to help the Granbury Pirates reach the playoffs in football.

And while it’s still too early to see, his play Tuesday night, more the role of a receiver, was perhaps the biggest of the basketball season for the Granbury Pirates.

With the Pirates leading by five (48-43) and a minute gone by in the fourth quarter, South Hills had scored a dozen unanswered points.

Then, on a long inbounds pass from in front of the South Hills bench, Clay Brawner found a racing Fichter who caught the ball in stride. Fichter took it to the hoop for a layup, got fouled and proceeded to make a free throw to put the lead back at eight.

Those were the first three points of what would be nine in the period for Fichter as the Pirates went on to a 69-59 victory.

“I beat him to the bucket, and fortunately I made it and he fouled me,” said Fichter, who finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.

“That play really pulled us through and helped us get the victory.”

The win kept the Pirates (13-10 overall) in fourth place in district with a 4-2 league mark. They were playing in Fort Worth against district-leading O.D. Wyatt last night to wrap up the first half of district.

And while it’s too early to call any game a must-win, Tuesday’s was at least clutch. The Pirates are playing five of their final eight games on the road, including last night.

“We know it’s going to be a hard test going on the road, but this win gives us momentum,” said Fichter.

Nick Doughty led Granbury with a double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

In the end, the Pirates sealed the victory at the free throw line, hitting nine of 13 in the final quarter and 23 of 34 overall.

The Pirates used a 15-3 run in the third quarter to go up 48-31 and appeared to be on their way to winning a blowout. The Scorpions (5-15, 1-5), however, had other plans and scored a dozen unanswered points over a two-minute span.

“I knew they were not going away,” said Pirate coach David Breazeale.

As for the play by Fichter that enabled the Pirates to regain momentum, Breazeale had high praise.

“That play is designed to go to him. I know he’s going to catch it and dribble it clean.

“That ended up being a huge play.”

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South Hills 15 9 12 23 – 59

Granbury 13 13 22 21 – 69

Granbury (13-10, 4-2 in 7-4A) scoring – Nick Doughty 15, Brandon Fichter 13, Clay Brawner 11, Collin McCann 8, Kevin Hennard 8, Jacob Taylor 7, Jimmy Hodges 3, Kory Rafferty 2, Klint Keating 2.

S. Hills (5-15, 1-5) leading scorer – Kyle Hickey 17.

3-pointers – Granbury 4-18 (McCann 2, Taylor, Brawner 1), S. Hills 9-16.

Rebounds – Granbury 32 (Doughty 10, Fichter 9), S. Hills 18.

Turnovers – Granbury 13, S. Hills 18.

Free throws – Granbury 23-34, S. Hills 6-10.