Pirates use defensive stand to take 7-4A opener

In a game that featured two teams combining for more 3-point baskets (18) than they had 2-pointers (16), it was, ironically, a defensive stretch that keyed the Granbury Pirates to a 57-45 District 7-4A basketball victory Tuesday night at the James Wann Sports Center.

Western Hills hit 10 shots from 3-point range and the Pirates countered with eight. But Granbury’s defense clamped down and held the Cougars without a point for a span of 6:35 over parts of the third and fourth quarters.

During that time, the Pirates (5-8 overall, 1-0 in district) scored eight unanswered points. Then, after the Cougars (3-3, 0-1) hit a 3-pointer to close their deficit to 46-33, Granbury reeled off another eight straight points.

“That’s your game right there,” said Granbury coach David Breazeale.

The Pirates got a game-high 22 points from Jacob Taylor, who hit six 3-pointers. He has 25 treys in his past five games and has hit 47 from long distance on the season.

“It (the basket) is feeling kind of big right now,” said Taylor, who is on target to hit more than 100 3-point shots this season.

“We came into practice yesterday, and we were focused. Then we got in the locker room before the game and it was the same way.

“After losing so many close games, coach said we needed a good win.”

Six of the Pirates’ eight losses this season have been by six points or less.

Along with Taylor, Granbury got 15 points and 21 rebounds from its big men, including a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) from J.D. Hohnstreiter. Mitchell May had a game-high 11 rebounds.

“If I were to say what was the biggest key, it’d be that,” Breazeale said of the performance of his big men.

“Obviously, Jacob was lights out, but getting 15 points and 21 rebounds from our bigs is really good.”

Granbury trailed just once in the game, 3-0, before scoring the next nine points. The game was also never tied, and the closest Western Hills got was within seven.

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Boys basketball

Western Hills 11 11 8 15 – 45

Granbury 18 14 14 11 – 57

Granbury (5-8, 1-0 in 7-4A) scoring – Jacob Taylor 22, J.D. Hohnstreiter 11, Kevin Hennard 8, Will Brawner 6, Mitchell May 4, B.B. King 2, Ryan Suitt 2, Clay Brawner 2.

Western Hills (3-3, 0-1) leading scorers – Cole Wayman 15, LaDarius Bell 13, DeAundrez Shelton 12.

3-pointers – W. Hills: Wayman 5, Shelton 3, Bell 1, Domeniqu Jones 1. Granbury: Taylor 6, W. Brawner 2.

Rebounds – W. Hills: Jones 6. Granbury: May 11, Hohnstreiter 10.

Assists – W. Hills: Shelton 3. Granbury: C. Brawner 6.

2-point FG – W. Hills 5-25 (20 percent). Granbury 11-32 (34 percent).

3-point FG – W Hills 10-23 (43 percent). Granbury 8-16 (50 percent).

Free throws – W. Hills 5-12 (42 percent). Granbury 11-16 (69 percent).

Team rebounds – W. Hills 25. Granbury 37.

Turnovers – W. Hills 12. Granbury 10.