The JV Lady Tigers did some good things on offense Tuesday in China Spring, but defense spearheaded the 29-21 win.
China Spring never scored more than six points in a quarter.
“Our shooting was a lot better (Tuesday),” coach Robbie Gibson said. “We’re hitting some outside shots like we need to. Our press and our (overall) defense are getting better, and I think they will continue to.”
Kalli Crabtree led the offense with 10 points, followed by Mary McPherson (7), Amber Ponce (7), Kimberlee McCullough (3) and Lexi Crabtree (2).
The Lady Tigers got off to a solid start in a first quarter to win it 6-4. McPherson was able to knock down a three-pointer off a Bryse Brownen assist, while Cheyenne Van Winkle and McCullough provided solid rebounding.
“Kimberlee was really tough on the boards, plus her outlet passes were pretty good,” the coach said. “We have the ability to be a good rebounding team and we need to get some more offensive rebounds, but we’re doing great on the defensive boards.”
China Spring’s main post player scored the first four points for the blue team, but she wasn’t as much of a factor as the game progressed.
“I just wanted to focus on man defense, and we did a good job against them I thought,” Gibson said.
The Lady Tigers took the second quarter 7-6, as Ponce immediately delivered when she entered the game and scored all seven of those points on jumpers – including a wing three off a Brenna Ibarra assist. Glen Rose missed some inside shots that kept it from leading more than 13-10 at the half.
“Amber has a really pretty shot, and when she’s on she’s on consistently,” Gibson said.
Glen Rose essentially won the game in the third quarter 13-6. Kalli Crabtree grabbed an offensive rebound and soon banked in a three-pointer before McPherson nailed consecutive midrange jumpers.
“Mary is another player with a pretty shot,” Gibson said. “I’m glad the girls are looking to shoot more when they’re open.”
After Kalli Crabtree stole the ball and scored in transition and McCullough scored on a putback, Glen Rose ended the quarter on a high note. Ibarra stole the ball, sped down the court and when the defense closed in she dished the ball off to Lexi Crabtree for a layup.
‘That was a great play,” Gibson said. “I told the girls to look up the floor, keep the ball low and they’ll be alright.”
While China Spring was making wild passes leading to turnovers, the Lady Tigers valued the ball a bit more.
“Mary did a nice job of taking care of the ball,” Gibson said.
China Spring won the fourth quarter 5-3, but with just over two minutes left a Kalli Crabtree bank three really seemed to put Glen Rose in winning position.
“That shot gave us a little comfort level,” Gibson said. “I also want to credit Kalli for how hard she works on defense. Jennifer Herrera is another one of my best defensive players because she seems to know where to be.”
The JV Lady Tigers will play next in Bridgeport on Friday at 6:15 p.m.
“That’s the most consistent defensive effort we’ve had this season,” the coach said