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  • Pirates drop game to No. 10 Spartans
    GRANT MCGALLIARD | HOOD COUNTY NEWS DEADEYE: Granbury senior Branden Hunt knocked down seven three-pointers against Burleson Centennial Tuesday, but the Pirates couldn’t hang on to an early lead and fell to 0-2 in District 5-5A.

Pirates drop game to No. 10 Spartans

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Granbury Pirates had everything going for them – for about four minutes.

Despite a hot start from the Pirates, Burleson Centennial beat Granbury 77-62 at the James Wann Sports Center Tuesday in District 5-5A play, dropping Granbury to 10-10 on the year and 0-2 in district.

The Pirates led by as many as eight points over No. 10 Centennial in the first quarter thanks to three three-pointers from senior Branden Hunt. But the Spartans, who combined sharp outside shooting in the first half with a lineup that boasted several players over 6-foot-3, rallied back to lead 21-15 after the first quarter.

Granbury managed to hang on for one more quarter and trailed 41-28 heading into halftime. Centennial finally broke through in the third quarter, outscoring the Pirates 20-8 and taking a 61-36 lead into the final eight minutes.

Hunt buried three more treys in the fourth quarter to keep the scoreline close and finished with 21 total points. Mason Behrens added 10 points, Michael Withey scored nine, Gage Molinari and Payton Plash each had six and McLain Golba scored five.

Nathan Areno added two technical free throws, and Sawyer Schenewark scored three second-half points.

Tayton Conerway scored a game-high 25 points for Burleson Centennial, including 11 in the second quarter alone.

Both teams were called for technical fouls. The Pirates picked up theirs for complaining about officiating, while Centennial was warned for taunting and was whistled for shoving a Granbury player.

The Pirates traveled to Crowley Friday, and will welcome Mansfield Legacy to town Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. | 817-573-7066 ext. 254



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