Entering Friday’s game at Lake Worth without starters Ben Coppock, Hayden Bach and Jeffery Harris, Tiger basketball needed all remaining hands on deck to do their part.
Glen Rose (11-9) won the middle quarters 27-17 to defeat the Bullfrogs 44-35.
“We needed to go out there and get a win,” said coach Wayne Roberts. “The guys battled hard and fought their way through it with key guys out in Ben, Hayden and Jeffery. I was pleased with our defense and rebounding; it was the difference in the ballgame.”
Cody Burtscher (9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) played arguably his most complete game of the season to lead the charge.
“We’d lost a couple of games in a row; we really had to get a win,” Burtscher said. “We knew it would be tough without Ben and Hayden, but we played hard and pulled through to get on the right track. We worked on getting easy buckets in the paint and going up strong; it really paid off.”
Other scorers included Stetson Overton (9 points, 3 rebounds, assist, steal), Colton Bretton (8 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists), Curry Mapes (8 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, steal), Marquis Holder (7 points, 2 rebounds) and Hayden Holder (3 points, 6 rebounds, assist, 4 steals).
“With our main scorer Ben out, it was good to see other people get confidence in their shot,” Burtscher said.
In a first quarter the Tigers won 9-7, Hayden Holder grabbed four rebounds, made a steal and got to the free throw line after an offensive rebound.
“Hayden did a nice job with his opportunity to start,” Roberts sad.
Overton got his day going with a runner and then a fast-break layup after a Mapes steal.
Glen Rose played a bit better in the second quarter to win it 12-7. This time it was Burtscher to grab four boards, as he also scored in transition and made a pair of free throws.
“I was feeling good (Friday), so I was really active going after the boards,” Burtscher said.
While Overton hit a three in the frame, Marquis Holder was able to make a midrange jumper and then a corner three for seven first-half points.
“Stetson is a key part of our team and it was good to see him hitting outside shots,” the coach said. “Marquis’ ability to hit those jumpers will be very important for us. He gives us extra depth.”
Justin Potter provided a highlight play when he chased down a Bullfrog in transition and blocked his layup attempt.
“Potter didn’t quit on the play; give him credit on that,” Roberts said. “We had to win off our defense; it was the key.”
Glen Rose also did a nice job in the third quarter (15-10). Bretton was a factor with five rebounds and Burtscher pulled down four once again.
“Colton had a big size advantage and it helped him on the boards,” Burtscher said.
Roberts appreciated those numbers.
“Looking at how well Colton and some of our other guys rebounded, it looks promising when you consider how Ben can rebound when he returns,” Roberts said.
“Cody knew he had to get his aggressiveness back and that’s what he did.”
Mapes drilled two threes in the quarter and notched his fourth assist.
“Curry did a solid job,” Roberts said. “He’s easy to coach because he doesn’t repeat mistakes.”
The Tigers did miss nine-straight free throws in the second half to keep Lake Worth in the game.
“Our missed free throws gave them a chance and we’ve got to improve at the line,” Roberts said.
Although Lake Worth won the fourth quarter (11-8), it couldn’t get on a major roll to make a comeback. Overton tried to end the game on a positive free throw note when he made a pair in the final seconds.
Glen Rose will now travel to Graham on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
“We need to get everybody healthy and in a routine to keep the ball rolling in the right direction,” Roberts said.