It took only one quarter to completely dissolve the upset attempt by the Glen Rose Lady Tigers (8-13, 0-1) against the West Lady Trojans (10-9, 1-0) in a 44-39 heartbreaking District 7-3A opener at Glen Rose gym Friday.
Glen Rose stood toe-to-toe against a strong mismatch in the paint and prevailed for most of the night, but a third quarter that saw no Lady Tiger field goals and 2-8 shooting from the free throw line proved too costly as West went on to win the quarter 9-2 and ultimately the game.
“It was a great effort,” said Glen Rose head coach Sheree Hill. “The girls played hard, but they always play hard. In that first quarter we looked like a basketball team. But we just have to make shots, especially free throws. Our free throws are a confidence issue. We shot 25 free throws in practice the other day and there isn’t one girl on the varsity who didn’t make at least 16. We just have to hit them when the pressure’s on.”
Glen Rose dominated the Lady Trojans from the get-go, jumping out to a 15-6 lead in the first quarter. The Lady Tigers shut down 80-percent of the Trojan lineup with Kristina Fabian being the only West player to score in the opening period.
West opened the second quarter on a 10-2 run on the strength of six points by Fabian and four from Lacey McKenzie.
Lindsay Floyd broke the run with her only two points of the game at the 1:35 mark and the Lady Tigers eventually went into halftime with a 21-19 lead.
After the dismal third period, the Lady Tigers found themselves trailing 28-23 before matching the Lady Trojans point-for-point in the final frame.
Destiny Ponce pulled Glen Rose to within three at 29-26 with 6:20 left in the game. Ponce scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter in relief of Anjelica Lisauckis who spent the majority of the game on the bench in foul trouble.
West’s Sarah Groppe then followed up with a 3-point bomb from the corner, and added a dagger 3-pointer following a pair of Ponce free throws to seal the contest.
Fabian and McKenzie were the big producers for West, combining for all of West’s first half scoring.
“That’s no secret. We knew that (was going to be an issue) coming in,” said Hill about the mismatched paint players. “That’s why we started the game in a zone, trying to pack it in. We’re going to be mismatched every game. We don’t have any size. We have to make up for it with a lot of heart.”
Leading the way for Glen Rose was Reilly Junge with 12 points, nine steals and two assists.
Complimenting the freshman point guard was Kaitlin West with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals while Lisauckis tallied five points despite limited action.
Taylor Rhodes (2), Roxie Ruiz (3) and Kiffany Kelly (2) also added points for the Lady Tigers.
“We’re not down. We’re going to fight every game,” said Hill. “We’re a good team and we’re a much better team than the first time we played (West).”
Glen Rose traveled to Whitney on Tuesday for a chance to even its district record and will return to GRHS for a two-game homestand against Gatesville on Friday and China Spring Tuesday. Both contests begin at 6:30 p.m.