Dec 6, 2010
Granbury (Texas) Coach On Verge Of Becoming Nation’s All-Time Wins Leader

Some things just aren’t meant to be.

It seemed too perfect, too fitting and too scripted. Leta Andrews, the all-time winningest girls basketball coach, passing longtime Fort Worth Dunbar coach Robert Hughes’ boys national mark of 1, 333, on a court named after him? That only happens in Hollywood.

But Andrews and the Granbury Lady Pirates had three opportunities to write that storybook ending in the Cowtown Classic at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. It didn’t happen, however, as the Lady Pirates lost a close defensive battle to Alvin Manvel 47-46 on Saturday morning.

Andrews will try for victory No. 1, 334 to pass Hughes, who retired in 2005, on her court Tuesday when Granbury hosts Midlothian.

“Out of respect for Robert Hughes, I’m glad we’re going back to Granbury and doing it on the Leta Andrews court, Andrews said. We’re going to go home and get it.”

That’s the plan. In their past three games, the Lady Pirates (5-8) had chances, but didn’t capitalize.

Against Cedar Hill on Friday, they built an early lead, but lost on a last-second shot. When they faced Argyle Liberty Christian later that day, they had a lead at halftime, but wore down in the second half. And, on Saturday against Manvel (8-5), they missed 14 free throws and were outrebounded 38-21.

“We’ve been so close, yet so far away, Andrews said. It’s just tough. We just need to get a win, not for me, but for our program.”

Granbury had a 46-44 lead with 1:08 remaining in the game after Lilley VanderZee made one of two free throws, but it couldn’t hang on in the final minute. Manvel sophomore guard Ashlin Arnold hit a 2-pointer to tie it and then the Mavericks took a 47-46 lead with 20 seconds remaining when Ali Sluismans made 1 of 2 free throws.

Granbury had a chance to win on its final possession, but only managed to get off a fadeaway 3-point attempt at the buzzer. The shot didn’t hit rim.

“We could’ve won against Manvel today, but we’ve got to make free throws and get rebounds, Andrews said. Those two things are what wins ballgames.”

Granbury (Texas) Coach On Verge Of Becoming Nation’s All-Time Wins Leader

Star-Telegram.com

Some things just aren’t meant to be.

It seemed too perfect, too fitting and too scripted. Leta Andrews, the all-time winningest girls basketball coach, passing longtime Fort Worth Dunbar coach Robert Hughes’ boys national mark of 1, 333, on a court named after him? That only happens in Hollywood.

But Andrews and the Granbury Lady Pirates had three opportunities to write that storybook ending in the Cowtown Classic at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. It didn’t happen, however, as the Lady Pirates lost a close defensive battle to Alvin Manvel 47-46 on Saturday morning.

Andrews will try for victory No. 1, 334 to pass Hughes, who retired in 2005, on her court Tuesday when Granbury hosts Midlothian.

“Out of respect for Robert Hughes, I’m glad we’re going back to Granbury and doing it on the Leta Andrews court, Andrews said. We’re going to go home and get it.”

That’s the plan. In their past three games, the Lady Pirates (5-8) had chances, but didn’t capitalize.

Against Cedar Hill on Friday, they built an early lead, but lost on a last-second shot. When they faced Argyle Liberty Christian later that day, they had a lead at halftime, but wore down in the second half. And, on Saturday against Manvel (8-5), they missed 14 free throws and were outrebounded 38-21.

“We’ve been so close, yet so far away, Andrews said. It’s just tough. We just need to get a win, not for me, but for our program.”

Granbury had a 46-44 lead with 1:08 remaining in the game after Lilley VanderZee made one of two free throws, but it couldn’t hang on in the final minute. Manvel sophomore guard Ashlin Arnold hit a 2-pointer to tie it and then the Mavericks took a 47-46 lead with 20 seconds remaining when Ali Sluismans made 1 of 2 free throws.

Granbury had a chance to win on its final possession, but only managed to get off a fadeaway 3-point attempt at the buzzer. The shot didn’t hit rim.

“We could’ve won against Manvel today, but we’ve got to make free throws and get rebounds, Andrews said. Those two things are what wins ballgames.”






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