Aledo girls race by Granbury

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Aledo continues to dominate any team that crosses its path, as the Ladycats handed Granbury a 55-36 loss on its home court on Friday night.

Aledo (24-3, 13-0 in District 6-4A), ranked No. 2 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state poll, came out uncharacteristically slow against Granbury (17-11, 9-4), trailing 4-2 minutes into the first quarter.

Mike Pinkerton, Aledo’s head coach who spent seven years as a Granbury assistant under Leta Andrews, called a timeout. The Ladycats then went on a 14-0 run and led 19-7 after the first quarter.

“I love [Leta Andrews] to death and I’ve learned so much from her; I would never wish any ill will on anyone from Granbury,” Pinkerton said on his return to his former school.

The Ladycats’ swarming defense pressured the Pirates into 26 turnovers, including 16 in the first half.

Defensively, Aledo had five players who had at least two steals. Junior Alyssa Dry collected four steals, leading to plenty of fast-break opportunities for Aledo.

“The pace of our offense stems from our defense,” Pinkerton said. “The better our defense is, the more fast-break opportunities we have.”

Junior 6-foot-4 post Justis Szczepanski-Beavers controlled the inside game with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Aledo plays host to Fort Worth Trimble Tech (25-4, 11-1) on Tuesday.

“My focus tonight was to come out of here with a win,” Pinkerton said. “I’m glad the Trimble Tech game is at our place, but playing Trimble Tech is tough anywhere; we’re going to have to come ready to play.”

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