Pirates open district with blowout win

The Granbury Pirates used a hot shooting night from the field and the free throw line to open District 7-4A basketball with a convincing 74-48 victory against Fort Worth Western Hills at Billingsley Field House Tuesday.

The Pirates (8-6 overall) went on a 20-6 run over the course of the second period to take a commanding 37-19 halftime advantage. In fact, they outscored the Cougars (2-11 overall) in every quarter.

Nick Doughty had a career night with 17 points, while Brandon Fichter led the Pirates with 20 points. The duo were the mainstays in an attack that featured consistently feeding the ball inside to them.

“When they (Western Hills) made their run, I decided we were going to go inside the lane every possession,” said Granbury coach David Breazeale. “We just pounded it in.”

The result was also a lot of trips to the free throw line for Granbury, which was 20-for-26.

“If we can get 65-70 percent at the line we’ll be fine,” said Breazeale. “That was handcuffing us earlier in the year.”

Each team was playing without three key players due to injury. Granbury was missing Will Brawner, Kevin Hennard and Kory Rafferty.

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Boys basketball

Granbury 17 20 16 21 – 74

W. Hills 13 6 10 19 – 48

Granbury (8-6) scoring – Brandon Fichter 20, Nick Doughty 17, Collin McCann 13, Jimmy Hodges 9, Jacob Taylor 8, J.D. Hohnstreiter 3, Klint Keating 2, Clay Brawner 2.

3-pointers – Granbury 4 (McCann 2, Taylor 2).

Free throws – Granbury 20-26, W. Hills 9-15.