FW South Hills edges Granbury, keeps playoff hopes alive

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Kyle Hickey may not have been able to see like he’s accustomed to, but with the game tied in the waning seconds, all eyes were on him with Fort Worth South Hills’ playoff hopes on the line.

Having to play with protective glasses after suffering a cut to his right eye in Tuesday’s loss to Fort Worth Southwest, Hickey delivered, capitalizing on a 3-on-1 fast-break and scoring the game-winning layup with 1.5 seconds left Saturday to stun the Pirates on their home court and lift the Scorpions to a 47-45 victory.

The win kept South Hills (15-11, 6-7) in the playoff hunt in the jumbled District 7-4A. The loss eliminated Granbury, whose district record fell to 5-8.

South Hills, which trails fourth-place Aledo (6-6), faces the Bearcats on Tuesday night in the regular-season finale to determine its postseason fate.

In the fourth quarter, South Hills received a much-needed boost from the unexpected. With key contributors for the Scorpions missing the game to take the SAT or on official football visits, freshman Akili Vining and sophomore Andrew Hickey, the younger brother of Kyle, scored 11 of the team’s 17 fourth-quarter points.

“A lot of young men had to grow up today,” South Hills coach Steven Thomas said. “Some of these players weren’t even expecting to play.”

Granbury held a one-point lead at halftime, but Kyle Hickey was determined to do what it takes to see his team play in the postseason.

The senior guard helped out his younger brother and Vining by scoring 14 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.

“When he first came to South Hills, Kyle wasn’t that player,” Thomas said. “He wasn’t going to put us on his back; he was going to look for someone else. Now he’s a leader, and the younger guys are seeing what it takes.”

Granbury has lost five of its past six district games by a combined 13 points.

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