FORT WORTH — The second-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers began their Class 4A playoff quest in record-setting fashion Tuesday night at Castleberry.
Glen Rose senior Ally Andress poured in a career-high and school-record 40 points as the Lady Tigers recorded a school record in points scored in a game in their 94-23 victory over the Lady Lions (12-16, 5-7).
The Lady Tigers will travel to Dublin on Friday night to meet Brownwood in the area round of the playoffs. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
“We’re playing with confidence,” Glen Rose girls basketball coach Ramsey Ghazal said. “Brownwood is a great team. They have four really good players, so they shoot the ball extremely well. They have a post who can score. They are going to give us some problems.”
The Lady Lions (29-5, 6-2), the second-place team in District 5-4A, beat WF Hirschi 42-35 in their bi-district matchup Monday night.
“At this point, if you lose, you go home, and we know that,” Ghazal said. “These next couple of days we’re going to challenge ourselves in getting ready for Brownwood.”
With their 20th consecutive win, the Lady Tigers improve to 32-1 with the victory over Castleberry.
“We are clicking on all cylinders. We have a lot of good players and we’re playing well,” Ghazal said. “They know their roles, and they know what they need to do out there for the team and they are getting it done. It’s a fun team to coach.”
From the opening tip Tuesday night, the Lady Tigers went with full-court pressure and recorded a school record 30 steals, topping the previous record of 28 set against Venus late in the regular season. The Lady Lions committed 16 turnovers and had just three field-goal attempts in the first quarter.
Laiken McAnear, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and three steals in the game, and Andress scored eight and seven points, respectively, in the opening quarter as the Lady Tigers led 24-0 at the end of the first.
“There are some teams that we think can handle a little pressure and some that don’t, and we adjust our game plan,” Ghazal said. “We wanted to get this game up and down the court so we used our pressure defense.”
Glen Rose led 39-0 before the Lady Lions scored their first points of the game on two fouls shots with 2:25 left in the first half, and the Lady Tigers eventually led 49-2 at the break.
The Lady Tigers didn’t allow Castleberry its first field goal of the game until the 5:17 mark of the third quarter, and at that point, they led 59-4.
With 4:07 left in the game and leading 85-19, Ghazal emptied his bench.
“We wanted to stay sharp and play well. It’s the playoffs and you want your team out there playing hard and playing at the top of their game, and I thought we did,” Ghazal said. “You can come out and look sloppy and ugly and win ugly or you can come out and look sharp and win. We looked sharp, and that’s good.”
Andress, who hit 15 of 30 shots and connected on 10 of 11 foul shots, also added 12 rebounds for the double-double. Kash Bryant also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Hailey Ibarra finished just shy off a double-double with nine steals and nine assists.
Breanna Baker added eight assists, six points, four steal and two rebounds, while Abby Stephenson and Syd Lozier added seven points each.
Emily Ashkar led Castleberry with 11 points.