The Granbury Pirates have been here before. The basketball regular season is winding down, and they are holding onto hopes of slipping into the playoffs.
Or slipping out.
Tuesday’s 71-47 loss to Fort Worth Arlington Heights at Billingsley Field House left the Pirates (15-14, 6-6 in District 7-4A) tied for fourth place in district with Aledo, each with two games to play.
The Pirates and Bearcats split their district meetings, so if they finish tied, they will have a play-in game late next week to determine who advances. There is also the slim possibility that Arlington Heights falls into a tie with them, but the Yellowjackets would have to lose to Aledo last night in Fort Worth and against Trimble Tech Tuesday.
Granbury was playing South Hills last night in Fort Worth and hosts district co-leader O.D. Wyatt Tuesday. Along with playing Heights, Aledo hosts South Hills Tuesday.
“Our goal is we want that last game to be for something more than pride, and we are in that position,” said Granbury assistant coach Josh Jones.
The Pirates, however, entered last night’s game hoping to end a three-game losing streak, a skid that included a 50-44 loss at Aledo in which the Bearcats ended the game with a 19-3 run.
But Jones said Tuesday’s loss was not the result of a carry-over effect from the loss at Aledo.
“We had a good game plan going in, but we didn’t shoot the ball well,” he said.
“Heights is our kryptonite. They’re so tall and athletic. We match up better with Wyatt and Tech (who share the league lead), who are better teams. Funny, isn’t it?
“But Heights’ wing spans and height are just a bad matchup for us.”
This is the fifth consecutive season the Pirates are in playoff contention with the season winding down. They have not been to the playoffs since 1999.
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Granbury 17 7 8 15 – 47
Arl. Heights 22 17 14 18 – 71
Granbury (15-14, 6-6 in 7-4A) scoring – Brandon Fichter 12, Nick Doughty 10, Jimmy Hodges 7, Clay Brawner 7, Jacob Taylor 5, Kevin Hennard 5, Klint Keating 1.
3-pointers – Granbury 4 (Fichter, Brawner, Hennard, Taylor), Heights 7.
Rebounds – Granbury 24 (13 offensive), Heights 23 (10 offensive).