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Lady ‘Rabbits beat Petrolia, 38-36

GRAFORD  – Coaches will tell you to stick with the game plan when things seem bleak.

Such was the case of Graford girls basketball coach Mike McHatridge Dec. 21, his squad down 14-5 after one quarter to visiting Petrolia. He told his players to stick with the game plan.

“This became a trust thing,” McHatridge said. “I told them trust your teammates to do what they do, you do what you do and to know and execute their roles.”

It took more than two quarters for the benefits to show but they eventually did with the Lady Rabbits taking their first lead midway through the fourth quarter. Graford held on from there and posted a 38-36 win at Rabbit Gym.

Graford goes to 14-2 on the year with the Lady Pirates slipping to 10-5.

Petrolia jumped out to a 7-0 lead four minutes into the contest before a Jersey Davila three-pointer with 3:10 left got the hostesses on the board. The Lady Pirates went cold in the second frame while Graford used inside and outside baskets from freshman Kamryn Glover to draw within six. Brooke Crawford converted from outside late as well but the Lady Rabbits still found themselves down seven 22-15 at the half. Petrolia went up by as many as 10 in the second half before Graford made its move. Graford’s rebounding helped with putbacks from Ashley Crawford and Harley

Blakeley cutting the lead to four in the final minute of the third. Taking advantage of 1-7 shooting from the visitors, Graford got within striking distance at 26-22 to start the fourth.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 22 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.

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