It has been nine days since the Glen Rose Lady Tigers have taken the court against Tolar.

On Monday, the Lady Tigers returned from their Christmas break with a tournament opening loss to host Bryan Rudder in the Bryan All-Star Classic.

With help from a strong start, Bryan Rudder handed Glen Rose a 75-49 loss to start the tourney.

“We really didn’t play that bad,” said head coach Sherre Hill. “For our first game coming off a long break, it wasn’t that bad.”

Kaitlin West showed no ill effects from the long break by posting a team high 17 points, while Racia Ratliff was a distant second with nine points. Ratliff also grabbed eight rebounds.

Catelyn Kilpfel tallied six, while Angelica Lisauckis and Marissa Ballesteros each scored four.

“Marissa (Ballesteros) was playing sick,” said Hill. “She had flu-like symptoms, we’re hoping that’s not what it is, but she toughed it out and played well.”

Rudder jumped out early to a 25-12 lead after the first quarter, which ultimately put the game out of reach.

“They pressed us from the get-go,” said Hill. “We were in the right spots, but we didn’t pass very well. They were the quickest team we have seen all season, but after that first quarter we stayed pretty close with them.”

Rudder only outscored Glen Rose by eight the entire second half.

Positioning problems plagued the Lady Tigers.

“Brielle (Nicholson) didn’t make the trip, Racia was in foul trouble and those things put us out of position,” said Hill. “But I’m really proud of them. The girls played well, they went to the hole and didn’t back down. Against the press, it was hard getting it to our end of the court but when we did, good things happened.”

Glen Rose shot 42-percent from the floor in this contest, but Bryan got the better of the Lady Tigers on the boards.

Glen Rose will continue the tournament against North Zulch at noon on Tuesday.