The first three games of the District 8-4A basketball schedule could make or break the Glen Rose Lady Tigers with Godley, Life Waxahachie School and Stephenville all in the first week.
The seventh-ranked Lady Tigers, however, answered the bell to open league play with a solid 43-32 victory over the Lady Wildcats Tuesday night at Tiger Arena.
Glen Rose improved to 14-1 overall and most importantly 1-0 in district play.
“It was a good win for us. Godley has a good program and they are well-coached. They were running quite a few sets we had to get ready for,” Glen Rose girls basketball coach Ramsey Ghazal said. “I was really worried about this game, so I am happy we came out with a win. I thought our kids handled it well. We got the first-quarter lead and then added to it in the second and third quarters. That’s our formula for winning.”
Senior Ally Andress led the Lady Tigers with 20 points and three rebounds, and Sydney Lozier chipped in seven points, while Laiken McAnear added five points and a team-high eight rebounds in the 11-point victory.
“Godley is a good shooting team and a good fundamental team,” Ghazal said. “They are one of the teams that we have to play that can shoot well and also dribble-drive. I thought we did a good job on their dribble-drive.”
The Lady Tigers led 8-6 after the first quarter behind all eight points from Andress. They increased their lead to 23-16 at the break thanks to four more points from Andress, a three-point play by Hailey Ibarra and 3-pointers by Brianna Baker and Lozier.
Glen Rose opened the second half 9-2 run with a bucket by Lozier, a 3-pointer by McAnear, another jumper by Lozier and a driving layup from Ibarra to increase the lead to 14 at 32-18 with 2:30 left in the third quarter. Godley cut the lead to 32-21 at the end of the quarter.
McAnear hit a pair of foul shots to up the lead to 34-21 early in the fourth quarter but the Lady Tigers went scoreless for the next three minutes, allowing the Lady Wildcats to cut the lead to five at 34-29 with five minutes to play.
Andress answered with a pair of buckets and Kash Bryant hit 1 of 2 fouls shots to push the lead back to 10 points with 58 seconds left.
The Glen Rose defense held Godley’s leading scorer Sierra Lenz-Ross, who averages 17 a game, scoreless in the win, while holding Kaylee White, who was averaging 14 a game, to just five points.
As a team, the Lady Tiger shot 41 percent from the field and 86 percent from the free throw line.
The Lady Tigers are back in action Friday night when they travel to Life Waxahachie for a 6 p.m. meeting with the Lady Mustangs before returning home next Tuesday for a meeting with Stephenville. The game with the Honeybees is set to tip off at 6 p.m.