COLLEYVILLE -- Dianna Sager is hoping her Colleyville Heritage basketball team is finally ready to finish games.
Selina Apodaca scored 16 points and the Panthers used three of her 3-pointers to build a sizable lead, then Heritage (4-5) kept its distance and defeated Granbury 52-37 in a nondistrict girls basketball game Tuesday night.
The Lady Pirates (4-5) were without 6-foot-5 senior center Lilley Vander Zee, who was ill, according to her coach, Leta Andrews.
Apodaca's 3-pointers fueled a 10-0 second quarter run that proved the difference.
"You know we were up 12 on Southlake and ended up losing by two," Sager said. "I'm hoping this kind of kick-starts our season. We go to Houston this weekend and we'll play some teams that we don't usually see."
Heritage takes its 4-5 record to a tournament in Katy this weekend, all a part of Sager's plan to get her players ready for district play.
Apodaca showed the plan's starting to make sense and indicated her team was nearing an early turn in the season.
"I think this is the start of some great things for us," she said. "We're playing better defense and we're playing loose and confident."
Heritage had only six turnovers for the game and Granbury didn't shoot a free throw.
"That's tough for us and we miss her," Andrews said about Vander Zee. "You saw how much we gave up in the middle, but I feel like we did some good things."
Without Vander Zee to deal with, Heritage center Artavia Ford dominated inside with 16 points and three blocks.
Ashley Bonugli scored 16 points to lead Granbury, including three 3-pointers.
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