The Glen Rose Lady Tigers bounced back from a disastrous second quarter Tuesday night in Tiger Arena to edge out Stephenville, 36-34, in a crucial District 8-4A matchup.
The seventh-ranked Lady Tigers, who were third behind Godley and Stephenville in last year’s final district standings, improved to 3-0 in district with the triumph over Stephenville, which came in with a No. 15 spot in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches rankings.
Laiken McAnear paced the Lady Tigers in scoring with 10 points, while Hailey Ibarra and Ally Andress contributed 8 points each. Andress and Ibarra tied for the team lead in rebounding, with 7 each, and Ibarra came up with 3 steals.
Stephenville shot 50 percent from the field overall, while the Lady Tigers hit 12 of 25 for 48 percent. Glen Rose hit 6 of 13 free throws and the Honeybees were 5 of 5 at the line.
GRHS head coach Ramsey Ghazal said Tuesday night’s win over the Honeybees was a big step forward for his team. The Honeybees have all five starters back from last season’s 27-8 team that was second to Godley in the district and reached the semifinals of the regional tournament. They eliminated Glen Rose in the third round of the playoffs, after sweeping the Lady Tigers in their two district contests.
“I’m just super proud of our kids and program,” Ghazal said. “The first time that I saw these kids play 19 months ago we were down 34-0 to Stephenville in a Brock spring league game at the half. We have talked about that several times with the girls, and how we have grown as a program. It was an important step for us to finally beat them.”
Ghazal noted that beating the Honeybees didn’t come easy after they were outscored 17-4 in the second quarter.
“But we challenged some of the kids at half and they responded,” Ghazal said. “This district is super tough, and there are many more tough games coming up, but this was a huge win.”
Fortunately, the Lady Tigers had outscored the Honeybees 10-4 in the opening quarter, so their halftime deficit was manageable, down 21-14.
Glen Rose came back alive in the third quarter when they had a 16-5 scoring edge. Each team recorded 7 points in the fourth quarter.
In last Friday's 57-27 district road win over Waxahachie Life School, Andress notched 25 points and 6 rebounds. Kashanna Bryant added 11 points.
The Lady Tigers outscored Life School 22-16 in the first half, and allowed single-digit scoring (9 and 2 points) in the final two quarters.
Next for the Lady Tigers will be the Aggieland Tournament, Dec. 28-30. Four high schools — Bryan, College Station, A&M Consolidated and Rudder will host games in the tournament, which will feature two large divisions.