Scores do not always tell the whole story.
For example, with six minutes left in the game, the visiting Granbury Pirates were only down by six points to O.D. Wyatt Friday in district basketball.
The final score, however, was a 69-48 victory for Chaparrals, improving them to 7-0 in District 7-4A and dropping the Pirates to 4-3 (13-11 overall).
“We went ice cold, and they went on a 15-0 run. It’s pretty hard to recover from that,” said Granbury assistant coach Josh Jones.
Despite the loss, the Pirates are among the top four teams in the district (fourth place) at the midpoint. The four top teams in the final standings will advance to the playoffs.
Granbury’s losses have been to the three teams ahead of them, Wyatt, Trimble Tech and Arlington Heights. They are a game ahead of Aledo, whom they defeated 75-72 at the James Wann Sports Center.
Granbury hosts Wyatt and Tech in the second half of district and visits Heights and Aledo.
“We played pretty well. It just got away in the fourth quarter, obviously,” said Jones.
The Pirates overcame a slow start, falling behind 19-10 early, to close to within 27-23 at the half.
“I don’t think the score’s indicative of how we played,” said Jones. “But there’s a reason they are 7-0. They are pretty darned good.”
Wyatt iced the win by making free throws when the Pirates were forced to foul late. Kendrick Salone was 12-for-12 at the line in the final period.
Granbury was led by Nick Doughty with 18 points.
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Granbury 10 13 16 9 – 48
Wyatt 19 8 19 23 – 69
Granbury (13-11, 4-3 in 7-4A) scoring – Nick Doughty 18, Kory Rafferty 10, Clay Brawner 7, James Hodges 5, Brandon Fichter 4, Jacob Taylor 2, Kevin Hennard 2.
3-pointers – Granbury 1 (Brawner), Wyatt 4.
Free throws – Granbury 15-24, Wyatt 21-25.