The JV Lady Tigers didn’t lose a single quarter on Friday, but they still went down to the wire in a 39-36 victory over Alvarado.
“I told the girls we needed to get ahead so we didn’t have to worry about trading baskets every time,” said coach Robbie Gibson. “We couldn’t seem to really get going until the fourth quarter. I think the girls bounced back pretty well from our loss to Stephenville. We talked about some things to improve, especially on defense.”
Amber Ponce led the way with nine points, including five in the fourth quarter. She hit a buzzer-beating jumper to end the third quarter.
“I thought that (shot by Amber) gave us some momentum when we needed it,” Gibson said. “Amber has a beautiful shot. Anytime she’s shooting, it’s a good thing.”
Mary McPherson and Sydney Stegint each scored six points, with four from McPherson in the fourth.
“Mary did a good job,” Gibson said. “She hustles and fights for everything. Sydney made some of the best post moves I’ve ever seen from her.”
In her first game as a Lady Tiger, new GRHS student Bailey Barrios scored all four of her points in the fourth.
“Bailey was a little nervous and was sick (Thursday), but I thought she did well coming in on so few practices,” Gibson said.
Other scorers included Kalli Crabtree (4), Kimberlee McCullough (4), Lexi Crabtree (2), Cheyenne Van Winkle (2) and Bryse Brownen (2).
“Kalli and Lexi both played really good defense in our press, trapping and forcing,” Gibson said.
Glen Rose won the first (10-9) and third (6-4) quarters, while it tied in the second (8-8) and fourth (15-15). The Lady Tigers had a solid lead most of the fourth before Alvarado pulled within three with a minute to go.
“I think this was a big win we needed in order to bounce back,” Gibson said.