Shelby Grisham scored 15 points, including four shots from 3-point range, to lead the Thrall Tigerettes to a 36-27 win over the Granger Lady Lions Tuesday in Thrall.
After the game Granger Coach Brock Miller wasn’t overly please with the outcome.
Thrall Coach Katina Walker saw some positives in the win. “I thought was played good defense forcing over 30 turnovers.”
Bree Tretter got Thrall on the board first with a second-chance shot, but Granger answered with six unanswered points including five by Ja’Niya Deere to take a 6-2 lead with 1:19 to play in the first quarter. Shelby Grisham closed out the first quarter scoring with the first of her 3-pointers from the right side and the Lady Lions led 6-5 after one quarter.
Granger got a 3-pointer from the top of the arch by Faith Scruggs in the second period that pushed the Lady Lions’ lead to 9-5 at the midway point of the period. Kelly Copeland hit a pair of shots from the charity stripe and Addison Leschber scored on a second-chance layup that knotted the score at 9-9.
Deere gave Granger its last lead of the game with a free-throw, but Leschber’s driving jumper in the paint put Thrall ahead for good. Grisham and Chandra Reed each added a free throw over the final minute of the first half that gave the Tigerettes a 13-10 lead at the break.
Grisham opened the third quarter with her second three and Copeland added a fast-break layup pushing the Tigerettes’ lead to 18-10. McKenna Knapek scored on another fast break before Granger made a brief run. Carsyn Locklin-Bilbrey and Deere hit a pair of shots to cut the lead 20-15. Aubrie Henderson and Leschber answered for the Tigerettes with a pair of shots and Grisham finished off the period with a pair of 3-pointers that gave Thrall a 30-16 lead into the fourth quarter.
Granger tried to rally in the final period. Tretter’s two free throws in the opening seconds of the quarter gave the Tigerettes their biggest lead of the game at 32-16. Natalie Perez responded for the Lady Lions hitting the front end of a one-and-one and a layup, but Leschber scored on a layup at the other end of the court.
Thrall still led by double figures with just under two minutes to play when Granger made its final run. Audrey Messex completed a 3-point play with 1:40 to play to trim the lead to 36-24. A minute later she added a jumper from the left side of the key and Mattie Wilkie rounded out the scoring hitting one of two from the free-throw line with less than a second on the clock.
“One thing I was very pleased with was our mental toughness and physical endurance in the last three minutes of the game,” Brock said. “In the past past, when teams tried to burn clock, we fell even further behind. Tonight, my girls closed the gap a little and I was very proud of how they never quit.”
Grisham led all scorers with her 15-point effort and added 11 rebounds. Leschber scored nine for the Tigerettes and Reed pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Deere led Granger with 10 points and added seven boards while Messex scored six points and had 10 rebounds.
Thrall was headed to Mumford on Friday to take on the Lady Mustangs. Granger was at home hosting the Holland Lady Hornets.