The Glen Rose High School varsity boys basketball team closed out its 2017-18 schedule Tuesday night with a 75-34 road loss to 13th-ranked Waxahachie Life School.
Coach Owen Clifton’s Runnin’ Tigers suffered several personnel losses before the regular season began and struggled to an 11-23 overall record. They finished fifth in the seven-team district with a 4-8 mark, but still had a slim chance to earn a playoff spot going into Tuesday’s game, before the loss ended that hope.
Six GRHS seniors — Logan Thames, Chance Hatfield, Conner Hanson, Adrian Lewis, Isaac Emerson and Drayden James — played their final high school game.
“They played pretty much the whole second half together,” Clifton said. “We’re going to miss them. It wasn’t the year we were hoping for, but we had a chance at the end, and that’s all you could hope for.”
Lewis led all scorers for the Tigers Tuesday with nine points, with seven coming in the first half. He was followed by Jett Gould and Kolton Mooney with five points.
The Tigers lost one senior, 6-6 post Westen Rynders, to a season-ending knee injury, and Hanson missed a large part of the season with a hand injury. Senior guard Kelton Bernard would have been a key returning offensive threat, but moved to Brady in the off-season. Three of the Tigers’ top scorers last season graduated.
That left two returning lettermen, including one starter, left to face competition in a tough district that features two of the top 13 Class 4A teams in the state.
“The team just kind of dissolved,” Clifton said. “I think it was a good thing to get so much young experience.”
Clifton said the Tigers fell behind early, making far too many turnovers.
“It’s tough to get shots off against them,” he said.
Waxahachie Life School (30-7, 10-2) will advance to the bi-district round of the playoffs as the runner-up to 11th-ranked Midlothian Heritage.