After winning just four games entering district 7-3A action, the Glen Rose Tigers’ playoff hopes seemed nothing short of impossible.
After sweeping China Spring, Whitney and Hillsboro, as well as taking one of two from West, Glen Rose found themselves right in the middle of the Texas 3A playoff picture with a Bi-District date with 8-3A champion Burnet.
Glen Rose’s drive to the postseason was ended following a 64-42 loss to Burnet at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton.
Burnet came out firing, getting six quick points off layups in the paint.
Glen Rose took a 13-12 lead with time winding down in the first quarter following a pair of Ty Taylor baskets and a Jorge Espino jumper. Burnet drained a 3-pointer for the final score of the quarter to take a 15-13 lead into the second.
Struggles from the field allowed Burnet to open the second quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 22-15 lead. Over the run, the Tigers went just 1-7 from the field on a Travis Huber layup.
The teams scored nine points each over the rest of the quarter to go into halftime with Burnet on top 31-24.
Glen Rose got to within five points right out of the gate, trailing 32-27, but Burnet answered with 10 straight points to pull away for good. Glen Rose shot just 2-12 from the field in the third quarter.
“We started well in that quarter,” said head coach Wayne Roberts. “We cut the lead to five. We just lost our poise. We got impatient and started firing shots that we didn’t need to be taking.”
The Tigers were outscored 16-7 in the third to trail 31-47 entering the final quarter.
After swapping buckets to open the quarter, Burnet went on a quick 9-3 run to put the game away at 58-36. Colt Plaster connected on a 3-point play the old fashioned way to end the run.
Burnet added to trio of layups and Plaster drained an NBA-range 3-pointer to finish out the scoring and the Tigers’ season.
Glen Rose shot 16-48 from the field, 3-18 from 3-point range and 7-12 from the charity stripe.
“We just took poor shots,” said Roberts. “Early in the game, we had some people open but we weren’t getting them the ball. That was a little frustrating, but that’s the kind of stuff we’ve dealt with all season.”
Taylor and Plaster were the leading scorers in their final game with Glen Rose, scoring 14 and 11 respectively. They also added five and eight rebounds respectively.
Huber scored seven points and grabbed eight points while Denver Tipton added six. Jorge Espino finished with five points in his return from injury.
“We basically only played two seniors all year,” said Roberts. “And we’ll miss those guys, but this year allowed those younger guys to get some experience under their belt.
“RJ (Nowak) missed half of the season with injury and Denver missed all of last year with a injury so he was trying to back into things,” Roberts continued. “Plus Jorge got another year. Things are looking a lot better for next year. We’ll work hard this off season and be ready to go in the fall.”