GLEN ROSE — The second-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers basketball team added to its impressive run through District 8-4A with two wins last week over Venus Friday night and No. 20 Midlothian Heritage Tuesday.
With the wins, the Lady Tigers, who jumped two spots in the rankings this week, have now won 13 games in a row to improve to 24-1 overall and 5-0 in district play. Glen Rose will close out the first half of district play Friday when it travels to Alvarado for a 6 p.m. meeting with the Lady Indians.
The Lady Tigers hold a one-game lead over Stephenville in district standings and a two-game lead over Midlothian Heritage.
In Tuesday’s 45-24 home victory over Midlothian Heritage, Ally Andress had a monster outing with a game-high 26 points — on 6 of 10 shooting from the field and 13 of 14 from the foul line — and grabbed five rebounds.
Kash Bryant chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds, while Syd Lozier added five points and broke the school record for 3-pointers in a season with her 40th 3-ball of the year. Hailey Ibarra added four points, four steals, four assists and five rebounds.
Andress scored 10 of the Lady Tigers’ 14 first-quarter points as they jumped out to the nine-point advantage, and they were never threatened the remainder of the game.
Glen Rose led by 12 after at the break and 13 after three quarters. The Lady Tigers held the Lady Jaguars to just three points in the final quarter and they came on a 3-pointer with less than a minute left in the game.
On Friday at Venus, Andress led three Lady Tigers to score in double figures with a team-high 20 points to lead Glen Rose to a 58-44 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
In addition to her 20 points, Andress pulled down nine rebounds, while shooting 50 percent from the field. Bryant added 12 points and nine rebounds and Ibarra added 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Lady Tigers struggled to pull away from the Lady Bulldogs in the first half. Glen Rose trailed 4-0 early in the game before taking an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter behind five points from Ibarra.
After Venus tied the score at 10-10 with 6:43 left in the half, Andress buried her only 3-pointer of the game to start what would be a 9-2 run, capped by the first of two 3-pointers by Lozier, who tallied eight points, six rebounds and three assists in the game, at the 3:22 mark of the second quarter to push the lead to seven at 19-12.
A bucket by Laiken McAnear, who had five points, six rebounds and five assists in the game, pushed the lead to a half-high nine with 1:48 left in the quarter. Venus rallied back and whittled the lead to three before a bucket by Andress just before the half gave the Lady Tigers the 25-20 lead at the break.
“I was disappointed because we didn’t have much focus or intensity in the first half and it showed,” Glen Rose coach Ramsey Ghazal said. “We came out in the third quarter and got it done. We had a stretch of 6-7 games where we kept our focus and intensity and didn’t have a bad quarter. We revisited the Stephenville situation where we had one bad quarter and one letdown. We don’t want to revert back to that. We have to keep our focus and intensity the whole time.”
Glen Rose clamped down defensively and held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless in the third quarter in building a 17-point lead heading into the final quarter. Andress had six of the Lady Tigers’ 12 points in the quarter.
“We feel like we’re a pretty good defensive team and we have some girls who can lock people down,” Ghazal said. “We know it’s not always going to be a shutout, but we need to make people hit tough shots. In the first half we lost their shooters and let them get offensive rebounds, and we turned the ball over.”
The Lady Tigers ballooned the lead to 20 on a bucket by Bryant at the 6:55 mark before the Lady Bulldogs finally scored with a pair of foul shots with 6:48 left in the game. They won’t get their first field goal of the half until the 5:05 left in the game.
Glen Rose led by a game-high 26 points with 2:41 left at 55-29.