Senior shines as Trimble Tech beats Granbury, keeps 7-4A title hopes alive

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Fort Worth Trimble Tech struggled out of the gate Tuesday night, scoring only three points in the first quarter.

From there, Crystal Allen, Trimble Tech’s only senior, put the Bulldogs on her back and carried the team to a 59-50 road comeback victory over Granbury.

Though both teams entered the District 7-4A game already having secured a playoff spot, Granbury (17-10, 9-3) was looking for a victory to keep pace with second-place Tech (25-4, 11-1), ranked No. 9 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state poll.

After the Bulldogs fell behind 12-3 in the first quarter, Allen turned it to another gear that the Pirates couldn’t match. She scored 20 of her game-high 28 points in the second and third quarters and also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.

“We had to pick up the intensity,” Allen said of her team’s slow start. “I started driving to the basket, and it made a difference.”

Granbury held a 31-30 lead midway through the third quarter before Trimble Tech went on a 13-2 run, locking down on defense to pull away.

“Granbury did a really good job of slowing us down and taking us out of what we like to do — play up-tempo,” Trimble Tech coach Derrick Robertson said. “We picked it up on defense; our defense leads to our offense.”

The momentum shifted to the Bulldogs when the Pirates’ leading scorer and only senior, Morgan Northcutt, fouled out with four points with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter.

Bryce Frank’s 18-point, 17-rebound performance helped keep Granbury within reach in the fourth quarter, but Trimble Tech unleashed a 9-0 run after the Pirates closed within two points with 5:08 remaining.

With the victory, the Bulldogs stayed in the hunt for the 7-4A title. Aledo (22-3, 11-0), the defending district champion, leads Tech by a half-game. The two teams will meet in the regular-season finale Feb. 4.

“Aledo beat us last year for district, and we don’t want that again,” Allen said. “Our goal is to win district, and this win keeps us in the race.”

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