The Glen Rose Lady Tigers won their third consecutive basketball game Tuesday night, posting a 45-34 decision over Class 3A Tolar.
The victory, at Tiger Arena, sends the Lady Tigers into their own 12-team Lions Club Tournament starting today (Thursday, Dec. 1) with a 3-1 season record.
In their previous game last Tuesday at West, the Lady Tigers were 40-33 winners.
Although head coach Ramsey Ghazal said his Lady Tigers need to show more consistency, he is feeling optimistic.
“This team has got a lot of potential,” Ghazal said. “We’ve seen flashes of it.”
Ally Andress paced Glen Rose in the Tolar game with 18 points, 10 points and one blocked shot
Teammates Hailey Ibarra and Presley Grace added six points apiece. Logan Smith provided five points and six rebounds.
The Lady Tigers led the Lady Rattlers 24-12 at halftime, and increased their lead to 37-24 by the close of the third quarter.
Glen Rose shot 40 percent (19 of 48) from the field overall, while the defense limited Tolar to 28 percent (11 of 40).
The Lady Tigers had a 41-29 edge in team rebounding.
“We’re working hard,” Ghazal said, “We’ve just got a ways to go in consistency. Against West, we got a little out of control.
“This game (against Tolar) we did a lot better job of executing. We had some letdowns toward the end of the third quarter. We’ve got to take care of the ball better.”
Against West, Andress scored a game-high 21 points, while Kashana Bryant added five and Smith and Grace scored four.
Glen Rose also won the girls JV game over Tolar Tuesday, 39-22.
After two pool games Thursday, the Lions Club Tournament will be divided into three brackets – championship, consolation and fifth-place. Each team will play at least four games.
The first game in the tournament for the Glen Rose varsity (Pool A) will be at 11:30 a.m. against Benbrook. The Glen Rose junior varsity is also in it (Pool B), and will play Grandview at 9 a.m. today.
In addition to Glen Rose and Benbrook, Pool A includes Class 5A Amarillo Caprock. Pool B has Gatesville, Hamilton and Pilot Point. The Glen Rose JV girls and Grandview are joined in Pool C by Waxahachie Life. Pool C has Fort Worth Country Day, Rosehill Christian, a private school out of Houston, and a select team from Australia that is making a tour of the U.S.
“There will be some games that we will be the favorite, and some where we will be the underdogs,” Ghazal said.
The championship bracket final is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Arena. The third-place game is also at 2:30 Saturday, in the Red Gym.