GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Lady Tigers opened the 2017-18 basketball season with a convincing 63-13 victory over DeLeon Tuesday night at Tiger Arena.
For Glen Rose head coach Ramsey Ghazal, the win was a good measuring stick since the Lady Tigers were down three players who are still with the volleyball team and three who are out with injury.
“DeLeon beat us last year and we were at full strength in our first game of the year,” he said. “This is a good judge to see where we are and what our program has done in a year. We miss our three volleyball girls we don’t have, but I have said all year, the girls we have are really good.”
Kashanna Bryant led the Lady Tigers with 20 points while Emma Sheffield and Syd Lozier added 15 and 11 points, respectively, in the 50-point win. Also, Hailey Ibarra added nine points and Breanna Baker scored eight.
Sheffield scored 10 first-quarter points in leading the Lady Tigers to the 24-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Baker gave the Lady Tigers their first 10-point lead of the contest at 12-2 with a bucket with 3:35 left in the quarter.
The offensive showcase continued in the second quarter with Lozier burying a pair of triples as well as a 2-pointer as the Lady Tigers built a commanding 42-10 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, however, the Lady Tigers learned a valuable lesson.
“We quit doing things right,” Ghazal said. “There is a fine line between winning and losing when you’re doing things right. When you don’t do things right, you get out of rhythm, and we got out of rhythm offensively.”
The Lady Tigers managed just three points in the quarter, but the defense held DeLeon to just three points as well to lead 45-13.
“In the fourth quarter we bounced back and did the things we do, and we had more success,” Ghazal said.
The Lady Tigers, who had just five players play in the win, are back in action Monday night when they travel to Decatur. The JV game tips at 11:30 a.m. and the varsity will play at 1 p.m.
The Glen Rose JV kicked off the night Tuesday with a 63-22 victory over DeLeon. Jeana Douglas scored 26 points for the JV, and teammate Abby Stephenson added 16.
The JV is in action Thursday-Saturday in a home tournament. Times and opponents are TBA.