Ally Andress is accurate.
Anyone who has watched the Glen Rose girls basketball standout play the game knows that fact, which was highlighted recently by a mention on the website of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
For her junior season — the 2016-2017 campaign for the Lady Tigers — Andress recorded more free throws any Class 4A player in the state of Texas.
The only player on record in the state who made more free throws last season was Nikki Cardano-Hillary, who played for Class 6A Cedar Park Vista Ridge. According to the TABC website, Andress made 220 free throws, while Cardano-Hillary hit 244 while averaging 29.7 points a game (MaxPreps.com).
Andress ranked 13th in the nation among all girls in free throws made, according to MaxPreps.
Glen Rose head girls basketball coach Ramsey Ghazal is a veteran coach who surpassed 300 career wins last season, but he admitted that Andress already had great shooting skills before he arrived. Her junior season was his first with the Lady Tigers.
“She was good when I got here,” Ghazal said, noting that some of her skill is natural but she also practices on her own outside of practice.
Ghazal said Andress had several games last season in which she was about 13-of-15 or 14-of-16 at the free throw line. She set GRHS girls basketball school records for made free throws and attempts in a season, as well as the most in a single game.
Andress was named to the Texas Girls Coaches Assocation’s Class 4A girls All-State team, after being voted Offensive Most Valuable Player in District 8-4A. She was named on the TABC’s All-Region team as well.
After leading the Lady Tigers in scoring (17.4 points per game) on the way to a 27-9 record and a berth in the regional quarterfinal round of the playoffs, Andress has one more basketball season ahead of her.
“She still can improve,” Ghazal said. “A lot of it is getting to the free throw line. She draws contact. She’s not afraid to get fouled.”