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    GRANT MCGALLIARD | HOOD COUNTY NEWS FIND THE CUTTER: Granbury’s Leah Parker looks up to see Mandy Withey cutting to the basket against Mansfield Legacy on Tuesday. Withey fi n- ished with 19 points, but the Lady Pirates lost 74-60 against a state-ranked

Granbury girls improve in Legacy loss

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Granbury Lady Pirates had their offense working but couldn’t stop No. 12 Mansfield Legacy in a 74-60 road loss Tuesday.

After scoring 28 points in last Friday’s loss to Crowley, Granbury was able to get out in transition and work the ball inside against Legacy. Lady Pirate head coach Steve Schmidt said he was happy with how his team played.

“We finally put up some points, so that was nice,” Schmidt said. “We haven’t scored 60 since our tournament against Odessa Permian.

“We put up a lot of shots, kept fighting, and hit some threes. We did a better job inside.”

Legacy jumped out to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter, as the Lady Pirates had trouble finding the basket early. But Granbury rebounded in the second quarter thanks to 12 points from Mandy Withey and trailed 39-27 at the half.

“We subbed a little more to keep fresh, because as fast as (Legacy) goes, we can’t do that for very long,” Schmidt said. “But in spurts we can.

“I think the girls just kind of figured out how fast it was going to be.”

Legacy was led by point guard Harmoni Turner, a 4-star recruit and the No. 56 player nationwide in the Class of 2020 according to ESPN’s ranking. Turner finished with 42 points.

“At halftime we tried to do a box-and-one,” Schmidt said. “She did miss some shots, but it’s when they get the offensive rebound that kills you.”

Withey finished with a team-high 18 points. Morgan Ashmore knocked down three three-pointers and scored 11 points, Ashtin Jinkerson and Nina Parker had nine, Kristen Babiash scored four, Leah Parker added three and Maddi Samuelson, Bree Clark and Brooklynne Sandel each scored two.

The Lady Pirates are now 8-15 and 1-5 in District 5-5A, but Schmidt said Granbury still has a chance to make the postseason.

“The games that hurt us are losing to Everman in the last seconds, and Centennial – we were right there, we had a chance,” he said. “We needed to have at least one of those.

“So now, it comes down to needing to beat one of these good teams. We need to beat either Crowley or Legacy, and then we have to beat Everman and Centennial. So there’s still hope, and this effort (against Legacy) was much better than what we’ve shown.”

Granbury hosted Arlington Seguin (0-6) Friday, and will travel to Everman (2-4) for a 6 p.m. tip on Tuesday.



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