Just one minute and 24 seconds stood between the Glen Rose Lady Tigers (10-15, 2-3) and the biggest upset of the season against China Spring in Glen Rose on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
It wasn’t meant to be, however, as the Lady Cougars took a late lead and stayed undefeated in District 7-3A action with a two-point victory.
Glen Rose answered the tough loss with a 17-point road win in Hillsboro on Friday, Jan. 22, to wrap up the first round of district play.
“We definitely needed that win,” said Glen Rose head coach Sheree Hill. “Our girls just need confidence and that win might have given it to us.”
China Spring 47, Glen Rose 45
After falling behind 16-8 in the first quarter, the Lady Tigers battled back against the Lady Cougars to knot the score at 34-34 heading into the final quarter.
The two teams swapped buckets before Glen Rose went on a brief 5-0 run - four of them by Kaitlin West - to lead 41-36.
After a China Spring timeout, the Lady Cougars answered with an 8-1 run that was capped off by a Chelsea Kent three-pointer from the right corner.
Following a Lady Tiger timeout, Lindsay Floyd banked in a second-chance bucket and later hit one of two from the charity stripe to give Glen Rose a 45-44 lead with 1:24 on the clock.
Cougar freshman guard Marissa Martin took the inbounds coast-to-coast and laid a teardrop off the top of the glass for a 46-45 lead.
Reilly Junge missed a go-ahead three-pointer at the other end, and a diving rebound by Junge on the right sideline gave Glen Rose another chance, but to no avail.
The Lady Tigers couldn’t retain possession and sent Martin to the free throw line. She hit one of two, giving China Spring a 47-45 lead with 12.17 seconds remaining.
Anjelica Lisauckis put up a potential game-winning three, but was doomed by an unfriendly bounce. Kiffany Kelly’s last second prayer on the second chance was no good either.
“I’m really proud of these kids,” said Hill. “They really battled just to get into that situation late in the game. We did a lot of things well. Of course we were disappointed, but there were a lot of positives we took from that and hopefully next time we’ll execute a little better.”
With 16, Junge finished the contest as the leading point-scorer for the Lady Tigers. West was right on her heels with 14.
Junge also had six rebounds and five steals while West grabbed seven boards and three steals.
Floyd had six points and five rebounds while Roxie Ruiz (5), Teryl Dunn (2) and Kiffany Kelly (2) rounding out the scoring.
Glen Rose 57, Hillsboro 40
By halftime, it was all over but the crying for the Lady Eagles.
Hill’s squad jumped out to a 16-8 first quarter lead and held Hillsboro to just three points in the second for a 32-11 advantage at the break.
“It was a good game for us,” said Hill. “All of our girls got some action and that’s just what we need heading into the second round of district.”
Hillsboro made a small attempt at a comeback in the third quarter but only managed to outscore Glen Rose by one over the eight minute period.
The victory seemed inevitable over the course of the fourth quarter.
Junge again led the Lady Tigers, this time with 19. She was 7-8 from the charity stripe and also had four assists.
Kelly posted season highs in points with eight and rebounds with six.
Anjelica Lisauckis joined Junge in double-figures with 11 points while Ruiz and Taylor Rhodes added seven and five points off the bench.
West finished the game with four points and five steals.
Dunn and Floyd hauled in four rebounds each while Dunn (2) and Anna D’Angelo (1) wrapped up the scoring for Glen Rose.
Glen Rose opened round two of district play Tuesday in West. The Lady Tigers return home on Frida