A 13-point road victory on Tuesday, Jan. 12, gave the Glen Rose Lady Tigers (9-14, 1-2) reason to believe they can contend in District 7-3A.
A 28-point loss at home on Friday gave the Lady Tigers plenty of reason to keep improving both physically and mentally.
“We didn’t execute. We were not tough mentally or disciplined mentally,” said head coach Sheree Hill following Glen Rose’s 60-32 loss to Gatesville. “We basically just had a mental breakdown.”
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It was, quite literally, a ‘cat fight’ when the Whitney Lady Wildcats hosted the Glen Rose Lady Tigers on Tuesday.
Freshman guard Reilly Junge made herself known to the other cats with a career game in the 60-47 win.
Junge finished the game with 25 points and seven steals for the Lady Tigers.
“We really got our press working and a lot of Reilly’s points were off steals,” said Hill. “She got off to a good start and when she starts well she tends to relax and play well. A lot of her offense came from good defense.”
Glen Rose jumped out to a 16-9 lead after the first quarter, but an 18-6 run over the next eight minutes allowed Whitney to take a 27-22 into the locker room at halftime.
“In the second quarter, it seemed like everything they threw up went in,” said Hill. “We got frazzled and threw up bad shots. It was the complete opposite of the first quarter.”
Glen Rose responded well out of the break, scoring more points in the third quarter (21) than Whitney scored in the entire second half (20). The Lady Tigers also added 17 points in the fourth.
Junge’s 25 led the team while Anjelica Lisauckis also reached double figures with 11 and six rebounds.
Kaitlin West notched eight points while Kiffany Kelly tallied six. Destiny Ponce (4), Shelby Rotan (3), Anna D’Angelo (2) and Catelyn Klipfel (1) rounded out the scoring.
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It seemed like everything Glen Rose did right against Whitney, went wrong against Gatesville in a lopsided 60-32 loss.
“We have to get mentally tough. We have to start going into games knowing we can win,” said Hill. “We took bad shots all night long. I think a lot of the problem was we were intimidated, scared or whatever you want to call it. We either turned down the shot we should have taken or put up a bad one.”
The Lady Tigers hit only 12-44 from the field, 1-9 from downtown and only 36-percent from the charity stripe.
Gatesville’s 6-3 forward Glynna Johnson dominated the paint for most of the night, but West was able to compete and grab 10 rebounds for Glen Rose.
The Lady Tigers had no answer for McKamie Place, who notched 24 points.
Junge and Lindsay Floyd were bitten by the injury bug in this one. Floyd missed the entire game with an eye injury sustained in practice while Junge left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury.
“Reilly could have played, but we were already down by so much I didn’t want to risk it,” said Hill.
Glen Rose returned to action against China Spring on Tuesday and will be in Hillsboro on Friday.
“Bottom line: we have to bounce back, forget about Gatesville and play like we did against Whitney,” said Hill.