Resiliency can be a wonderful thing.
Particularly in the uncertain world of sports.
When the Granbury Pirates basketball team lost a late lead and the game at Aledo a week and a half ago, they stood 1-3 in District 7-4A. They also still had two more road games ahead of them against last year’s state tournament qualifier Arlington Heights and playoff contender South Hills.
Standing 1-5 in the league seemed a real possibility unless something happened fast.
The Pirates defeated Heights 51-41 last Saturday, using a stout defense, most notably in a 19-6 fourth-quarter run. They followed that with a 54-26 victory against South Hills Tuesday night at Billingsley Field House in Fort Worth.
“It was good to have a leg crosser for a change,” Granbury coach David Breazeale said about relaxing on the bench during the blowout.
The back-to-back victories have moved the Pirates (8-12 overall) into a tie with Southwest for fourth place in district. Both are 3-3 and trail Arlington Heights and Aledo by a game.
The Pirates were wrapping up the first half of league play last night at home against O.D. Wyatt, who is now tied with South Hills at 2-4.
“If you keep winning games, eventually you’ll get somewhere,” said Breazeale.
Mitchell May led Granbury against South Hills, scoring 14 points and taking command in the paint.
“Mitchell was controlling everything defensively,” said Breazeale.
The Scorpions (8-6 overall) rallied to within nine in the third quarter, but Will Brawner hit a pair of 3-pointers to help push the lead back to 20.
The Pirates played Tuesday without standout Kevin Hennard, who was serving a suspension for disciplinary reasons. He could miss up to two more games, including last night.
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Granbury 9 11 18 16 – 54
S. Hills 4 2 12 8 – 26
Granbury (8-12, 3-3 in 7-4A) scoring – Mitchell May 14, Will Brawner 8, Clay Brawner 8, Ryan Suitt 7, Jacob Taylor 5, B.B. King 5, J.D. Hohnstreiter 4, Ethan Gonzales 3.
3-pointers – W. Brawner 2, Taylor 1, King 1.
Free throws – 10-14 (71 percent).