The Lady Tigers opened the 2014 Glen Rose Lions Club Girls Basketball Tournament with a pair of wins on Thursday.
Glen Rose (3-3 on the season) opened the day with a 59-27 win over Tolar, and capped the first night of the tourney with a 41-24 win over West. The Lady Tigers will play Friday night at 6 p.m., when they take on Godley at Tiger Arena.
“I thought we played a pretty good game this morning,” Glen Rose coach Sheree Hill said. “I thought we were ready to play. We came out clicking on all cylinders, and did some things better than we have been doing in the past as far as execution. The second game, we had a pretty good first quarter then were ice cold. We couldn’t make a basket in the second quarter. I thought we made a run in the third quarter. We were tired. You could tell. We haven’t played that many games yet, and we are not in basketball shape yet.”
Other first-day winners include Stephenville, who defeated Fort Worth Christian and Burleson Centennial. Stephenville will play Peaster, a winner over China Spring, at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. Godley defeated Hamilton and Joshua and will face Glen Rose.
“We played [Godley] Tuesday night, and they hit nine three’s,” Hill said. “They couldn’t miss. We have got to execute better against them, play better defense and shoot the ball better. They are great shooters. For us to pull that one out, we are going to have to do things right defensively and only give them one shot, and not two, three and four, and hope the ball falls for us.”
Friday’s schedule includes Hamilton taking on China Spring at 9 a.m.; Tolar taking on Burleson Centennial at 10:30 a.m.; and Fort Worth Christian will play West at noon.
In the opener, the Lady Tigers cruised to victory backed by senior Kelsey Potter’s 19 points. Freshman Ally Andress had a strong first half and ended with 13 points, and senior Ashlan Bernard added 10 points, as nine Lady Tigers scored in the game.
Glen Rose opened the game on an 11-0 run on two buckets from junior Madi Gibson, a layup and a free throw from Potter, a jumper from Andress and a basket from Bernard to dominate Tolar.
The Lady Tigers put the game away in the second quarter with Andress leading the charge with 10 points. Glen Rose closed the half on a 10-2 run with Andress hitting a free throw, senior Lexi Crabtree hitting a free thrown and Andress hitting a pair of jumpers to close the half and put the game out of Tolar’s reach.
Glen Rose got off to a slower start against West, but was able to pull away and take a 16-6 lead after one quarter of play. Potter led the way with 15 points, while Andress scored 11.
Hill was pleased with what she saw from the Lady Tigers on Thursday.
“I thought Kelsey Potter did a great job on the boards,” Hill said. “Ally (Andress), our little freshman, I thought this morning she was on fire. She was rebounding, going to the hole. That is what we want her to do. She is not showing any intimidation. That is what you like to see in a freshman.
“I thought Ashlan Bernard played a good game this morning. She did some things really well, offensively and defensively, and pushed the ball.
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