HILLSBORO – After eight minutes of play, Tuesday’s varsity girls’ game in Hillsboro looked nothing like the 50-point effort the Glen Rose Lady Tigers delivered in the 50-39 home win on Jan. 8. Thirty-eight points over three quarters later, and the Lady Tigers had a comeback win on the road under their belt.
Hillsboro was content on running a ball-controlled offense through the first three quarters of play and the scoreboard reflected as such. If you were to poll those in attendance after the first quarter and asked if the Lady Eagles would even allow the Lady Tigers enough chances to score 42 points, there very like would have been an echo of no’s.
But they did and the Lady Tigers took advantage. Glen Rose outscored Hillsboro 38-29 over the final three quarters – after a 10-4 Lady Eagles first quarter – and 18-12 during the fourth quarter.
Ally Andress did not repeat her double-double performance from the two team’s first meeting, but did post a respectable, team-high 14 points on 58 percent shooting (7-12). Sydney Lozier and Laiken McAnear each notched six points, but it was Lozier’s four free throws with under a minute to play that sealed the come-from-behind 42-39 win.
Jaylan Evans added five points to her well-rounded stat line that included team highs in assists with four and rebounds with six.
Brittany Miller also added five points to the winning effort, while Presley Grace converted on two-of-her-four shot attempts for four points and Brittany Rosentreter added two.
Ball control and off-the-ball movement dominated both ends of the court during the first quarter. For Glen Rose, the movement did not result in open lanes or open shots. Not that Hillsboro had much success either, but the Lady Eagles were able to finish the first quarter on a 6-2 run and took a 10-4 lead into the second quarter.
A fifth Glen Rose turnover – on an errant pass that Evans attempted to save – led to an easy fast-break layup for the Lady Eagles to open the quarter. The junior redeemed the turnover on the next Glen Rose possession with a layup from along the right baseline.
Andress received an in-bound pass from midcourt and easily weaved around the entire Lady Eagles’ zone defense at the 6:02 mark of the first half. She netted a short jumper two possessions later, but Hillsboro answered with a layup and had plenty more of its mind-numbingly slow ball-control offense in store for the next four minutes of clock time.
Two McAnear free throws and an Andress jumper from the free throw line were followed by a rare offensive push and layup for Hillsboro. The surprisingly quick series of points sent Glen Rose into the third quarter with a five-point deficit, 19-14.
A 7-2 scoring run to open the third quarter capped by back-to-back Andress baskets knotted the game at 21 with 2:46 to play in the third quarter.
Hillsboro responded with a 4-0 run over the next two minutes. A Miller three from the top of the arc on an assist by Sabrina Watson nearly negated the run, but a short jumper from just outside the restricted area with 4.2 seconds left sent the Lady Eagles into the final eight minutes with a 27-24 lead.
Jumpers courtesy of McAnear and Evans combined with an early Andress free throw kept the Lady tigers within two points for the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. A Lozier bucket from along the right baseline knotted the game at 30, and an Andress jump shot after a Hillsboro turnover with 4:24 to play gave the Lady Tigers their first lead of the game, 32-30.
With the lead at five, Hillsboro buried a three from the top of the key, but Grace responded by converting on both of her free throw attempts on the Glen Rose end.
The defensive play of the game came via an Andress block just inside the free throw line that led to a McAnear recovery of the loose ball and a Hill timeout with 1:17 on the clock.
Lozier was fouled prior to the in bound and her two free throws built the Glen Rose lead to six, 40-34.
A Glen Rose turnover and wide-open Hillsboro three cut the lead in half as the clock dipped under 39 seconds to play in regulation.
After a split-trip to the line for Lozier, Hillsboro found an open layup with 14 seconds to play and forced another Hill timeout with 10 seconds on the clock. Lozier was sent to the line for a third time with under a minute to play after the in bound and for the second-consecutive time split her pair of free throws. Her make gave the Lady Tigers a three-point lead, 42-39.
Hillsboro turned the ball over with 1.48 seconds on the clock and never had another shot from the field. Glen Rose completed the comeback with a 42-39 win.
The Lady Tigers will return to action and the road on Friday, Jan. 5 against Brock. First tip is slated for 6:15 p.m.