Coach Erik Hartman is still looking for the JV Tigers to put a complete game together, but an excellent first half in Lake Worth did the trick on Friday.
Glen Rose moved to 6-2 with a 43-36 win.
“We talked a lot about rebounding going into the game, and we did a good job of it in the first half,” Hartman said. “We didn’t play as well in the second half, but they did put more pressure on us. We’re still working to put four quarters together.”
Scorers included Sam Strother (9), Peyton Lytle (8), Chance Nabours (8), Jayden Reynolds (7), Derek Kramer (6), Alex Cocita (3) and Carter Garrison (2).
As the Tigers won the first quarter 12-7, point guard Nabours was sharp with five points, a steal and an assist.
“Nabours had a real good first quarter, running the offense, hitting a three and scoring on a putback,” Hartman said.
Reynolds repeatedly got to the free throw line via offensive rebounds and blocked two shots. The Tigers only went 1-7 at the line in the frame, or they would’ve enjoyed a larger lead.
“We weren’t very good on free throws, and that’s one thing we’ll really be working on,” Hartman said. “Jayden did a great job on the boards for putbacks.”
The Tigers were at their best in a 14-5 second quarter. While Cocita banked in a three, Strother began to roll in the paint and scored seven points.
“Sam rebounded well and I want him to be strong down there around the basket,” Hartman said.
Lytle had a good stretch with a steal and consecutive baskets, and Hartman appreciated his team only allowing 12 points in the half.
“I thought we were playing great defense in the first half,” the coach said. “We were closing down the lane and getting steals off the press.”
Lake Worth turned the tide coming out of halftime to win the third 14-9.
“(Lake Worth) made some adjustments,” Hartman said. “Their defensive scheme changed and they just played a better second half than we did, scoring in transition and getting offensive rebounds. We needed to have a killer instinct going into the second half.”
Late in the quarter, Nabours buried a three and then Reynolds scored inside to keep Glen Rose in solid position.
In a fourth quarter Lake Worth took 10-8, Strother scored early in the paint and then Lytle drained a big three for a 10-point lead.
“Once Peyton hit that three and I saw we were up by 10 with a few minutes left, it put us in great position,” Hartman said.
Kramer completed his solid showing with several rebounds down the stretch and his third hoop.
“Kramer did a great job,” Hartman said. “He has a big body and we tried to get him the ball down low. I also thought Trey Yocham played a good defensive game and Carter Garrison was good defensively in the first half.”
The JV Tigers will travel to Graham on Tuesday.