There’s a saying in sports: “You can’t win them all if you don’t win the first one.
The Glen Rose Lady Tigers (1-0) are unbeaten after their 2010-11 season-opening victory over perennial 2A playoff contender Grandview.
With turnovers abounding in the early going, Glen Rose had to overcome a first quarter deficit to pull off the 51-43 win at home Friday night.
“I knew it would be kind of sloppy, but sometimes sloppy games are good for us,” said Glen Rose head coach Sheree Hill. “If we can get the other team to play sloppy, it works for our advantage. Plus, we kind of expected this because some of the girls have had only had one week of practice because of volleyball.”
Glen Rose got on the board first with a bucket from junior Roxie Ruiz, but Grandview answered with a 6-0 run over the next three minutes.
Junior Lady Tiger Taylor Rhodes stopped the slide with a pair of free throws at the 4:03 mark.
Glen Rose struggled to get around Grandview’s full court press, leading to several turnovers and an 11-9 lead for the Lady Zebras by the end of the first quarter.
“It was stubborn-headedness,” said Hill about her team’s inability to get around the press. “I say that jokingly but honestly we were forgetting that we had to reverse the ball and not go down the sidelines. After the first quarter, we settled in and were fine. We were able to turn around in the second quarter because we started handling their pressure and our own defensive pressure was so much better.”
Glen Rose scored four of the first six points in the second quarter, tying it up at 13-13.
The Lady Tigers went on to grab 13 rebounds in the period and outscored Grandview 19-12 to lead 28-23 at halftime.
“I remember a time when we had five straight offensive rebounds,” said Hill. “I told our girls after the game that I can’t remember a time when we were able to pound the boards like that. I am excited that we have some kids who want to rebound the basketball.”
After an even third quarter, Glen Rose opened the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run to lead 45-35, forcing a Grandview timeout.
Grandview would outscore Glen Rose 8-6 over the remainder of the game, but the Lady Tigers victory proved inevitable.
Reilly Junge, Kayla Goebel and Rhodes were the high scorers for Glen Rose with eight points each. Goebel added a team-high 13 rebounds off the bench.
Destiny Ponce added 10 rebounds and seven points, while Ruiz and Shelby Rotan also added seven points each.
Lindsay Floyd (4), Kiffany Kelly (1) and Kaitlin West (1) rounded out the balanced scoring effort for Glen Rose.
The Lady Tigers were back in action Tuesday night at home against Waco Robinson and will continue its homestand Friday against Hico.