The Glen Rose High School boys basketball team lost its District 8-4A opener to Stephenville Tuesday night at Tiger Arena, 39-32, despite pulling within four points twice in the final minute of the game.
Austin Worthen was the top scorer for the Tigers with 7 points, and Logan Thames was next with 6.
Stephenville owned a 28-13 lead at the half, but the Tigers fought back.
The Tigers scored in single digits in each of the first three quarters, but outscored the Yellow Jackets 10-7 in the final quarter.
Glen Rose sent the Yellow Jackets to the free throw line frequently down the stretch and they missed five of their 10 opportunities.
The Tigers were able to pull within 34-30 and 36-32 but the Jackets managed to hang on for the 7-point win.
“I didn’t think we played as hard as we could,” GRHS head coach Owen Clifton said, noting that the tempo slowed down from the pace that’s best for the Runnin’ Tigers.
“That’s not who we are. When we started pushing the ball, we got better looks,” Clifton said. “I thought, defensively, they made us work for every single bucket.”
In the Hico Tournament last Thursday and Saturday, the Tigers earned fifth place. After a loss to Albany and a win over Crawford Thursday, the Tigers defeated Mason Saturday morning and Hico for fifth Saturday afternoon.
Against Hico, Worthen scored a team-high 17 points and Kasen Keese added 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Against Mason, Kolten Mooney was the Tigers’ top scorer with 19, and Keese added 15. Drayden James had 6 rebounds.
Next, the Tigers will be playing host to the Glen Rose Christmas Tournament, Dec. 28-30. Glen Rose will open with a 1 p.m. matchup against Hillsboro on Thursday.