BROCK – Toting an 11-game win streak, a No. 5 state ranking by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and the distinction of having yet to lose a game in 2016, the Brock Lady Eagles are about as for real as a high school girl’s basketball team could be.
The Glen Rose Lady Tigers have now learned that lesson – twice.
Brock’s winning streak began on Dec. 29, 2015 with a 65-53 win over Stony Point High School and it has not been in jeopardy since. Which is why the first half – especially the first quarter – of Friday’s 70-25 win over (10-18, 4-9) Glen Rose should be and will be classified as a win for the head coach Sheree Hill’s squad.
As the possession arrow flipped in the Lady Tigers’ favor with 2:45 to play to play in the first quarter, Ally Andress’ early jumper accounted for Glen Rose’s only points in the quarter. Fortunately, the Lady Tigers’ defense came to play.
Andress pulled down a defensive rebound as the clock dipped under two minutes with the state-ranked Lady Eagles in front, 6-2.
The score held, but not because the Lady Eagles were asleep at the wheel. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
Glen Rose’s 2-3 zone on the defensive end was impressive, sharp and active. The Lady Tigers did not allow many open looks and those looks the Lady Eagles found were not open for long.
To take it one-step further, the 6-2 score was the exact same as the score during the first quarter of the previous meeting on Jan. 12. Of course that was prior to the Lady Eagles finishing those first eight minutes on a 17-0 scoring run.
But Brock has not reeled off 11-straight wins by accident. The sharp-shooting Lady Eagles scored the first eight points of the second quarter – highlighted by a Taylor Hayes’ three pointer – to take a 12-point lead into the final four minutes of the half.
Brock’s Rachel Harrell flushed home a corner three just before the first-half buzzer and sent the Lady Eagles into the locker room with a 25-6 lead.
On the surface the 19-point deficit looked bad. But compared to the 43-9 hole the Lady Tigers were in during the 77-20 route on their home court, it was a vast improvement.
Small victories are what the Lady Tigers are after during the final two games of the season and that stat alone is one of the biggest small victories they could ask for.
Chance Westmoreland must have delivered quite the inspired message to his Lady Eagles at the half, because they can out shooting and shooting well. Brock tore to a 34-point lead over the first three-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter by way of a 17-2 run.
Two-straight and-one conversions for Andress put the Lady Tigers on a mini-6-0 run and combined with the sophomore’s earlier layup for all eight of the team’s third quarter points as the clock ran under three minutes to play.
Thanks to its second-straight 19-point quarter, Brock carried a 54-17 lead into the final eight minutes of its eventual 12th 11-3A win.
Andress scored all but four of the Lady Tigers’ points en route to a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double performance. McAnear and Grace added two points, each.
(10-18, 4-9) Glen Rose will return to the court one final time this season on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at home against Rio Vista. The 6:30 p.m. first tip will follow the Lady Tigers’ Parents Night festivities.