The Glen Rose varsity girls basketball team have had one short-handed game and one at full strength so far this season, and the Lady Tigers managed to prevail in both.

Coach Ramsey Ghazal’s Lady Tigers were without their volleyball players and had only five varsity members when they opened the 2017-2018 season on Nov. 14 by dominating De Leon, 63-13, in Tiger Arena. Glen Rose shut out the Class 2A Lady Bearcats in the fourth quarter, and got a team-leading 20 points from Kashanna Bryant.

In addition to the varsity players who were still with the volleyball squad that made it to last Thursday’s state semifinal round, three GRHS players are out with injuries. The win avenged varsity and junior varsity losses to De Leon’s girls to start last season.

“We played with only five varsity girls due to the injuries and volleyball still playing, so that was a challenge for us, but our girls did a great job of playing fast and scoring in transition despite not having any subs,” Ghazal said. “It was really good to see how much we have improved in a year. We have a chance to be a special team, and this was a great start.”

On Monday afternoon, the Lady Tigers traveled to Decatur and posted a 39-33 victory over the Class 4A Lady Eagles.

Ally Andress registered a team-high 19 points in that game while Hailey Ibarra and Bryant contributed 8 points each.

The Lady Tigers led Decatur 20-12 at halftime but managed just 4 points in the third quarter.

“We played well early and established a good halftime lead. We came out in the third real sluggish, fouling too much,” Ghazal said. “That’s the second game in a row that we have played very poorly in the third quarter, so we need to get that fixed.”

The Lady Tigers were scheduled to play at home Tuesday against West, then play at Tolar on Tuesday, Nov. 28, following the Thanksgiving break.