Freshman Kayla Goebel was four steals shy of entering the Glen Rose record books Friday night.

Goebel just missed a triple-double with steals, points and rebounds when the Lady Tigers hosted district rival West for sole possession of second place in the 8-3A standings.

Glen Rose won the game and is in control of its own destiny as the playoffs draw near.

After the game, however, there was one person awaiting the results of Goebel's outing.

Tarleton State senior basketball player Brittnie Haley expects to receive a text message following every game.

"We always text each other after our games and tell each other how we did," said Goebel.

Haley - also know as B.H. by her coaches and teammates - and Goebel have maintained a close relationship since their first encounter at Tarleton State's annual basketball camp.

"I guess it was between my seventh and eighth grade year," said Goebel. "We were living in Sterling City and I went to Stephenville for the camp."

"When we are at those camps, all the kids in my group cling on to me," said Haley. "I don't know what it is about me, but Kayla was one of those kids.

"I actually didn't know what her name was during that first camp," she added. "She was wearing a shirt that said Trinidad on it, so (all the coaches) just called her 'Trinidad.'"

The camp hosted by Tarleton State is a week long with one camp in June and another in July.

After splitting up the campers into age groups, the TexAnns teach drills over the course of the week. At the end of the week, the coaches do a camp draft and play competitive games of five-on-five.

"They didn't call my name in the draft," said Goebel. "I was too shy to say anything so I just kind of sat in the corner quietly.

"My dad and brother went and told (Brittnie) and she wrote me down for her team," she continued.

After the first year, Haley never made that mistake again.

"I tell (my teammates, who are rival coaches in the camp) every year," said B.H. "Y'all can have whoever you want, except Kayla. You give me Kayla and I don't care who else I get.

"I played her from post to point guard," she added. "I knew as long as I had Kayla, I was good."

B.H. and Goebel's friendship took flight from there, as did Goebel's love for Tarleton State, which she later made a topic for nationwide discussion.

Goebel, after playing with an Amarillo-based select team over the summer, was asked to be a part of a television program in San Diego, Calif. for the young, highly-rated prospects.

"Another girl I played with got an invitation too, so we went to San Diego together," said Goebel. "It was something where we they asked all of us where we wanted to go to college.

"Everyone was saying Baylor or Tennessee," she continued. "Well when it got me, I wasn't paying much attention so I said Tarleton State. Nobody knew what I was talking about and I had to explain to them where it was and where Stephenville is."

Goebel said the clip of all the prospects aired briefly on ESPN.

When Goebel returned home, it was time for more TexAnn camp and more B.H.

Goebel attended camp every time the university offered it, until this past summer when a sudden move kept her from one.

The incoming freshman moved from Sterling City to Glen Rose just in time to begin her high school career.

"We were supposed to train this summer, but she was moving and everything so we never got back to it," said B.H.

But when Glen Rose tipped off against Grandview on Nov. 12, B.H. was in the front row.

"I've seen her play once, the season opener," said Haley. "I'm trying to get to more, but my schedule keeps me so busy I can't do it.

"She's got three more years ahead of her and I'm fixing to be done with basketball," Haley added. "I'm going to get to see her play a lot over the next few years and I do plan to start coaching her again."

Just because the Tarleton schedule keeps Haley in Stephenville, it doesn't keep the Duncanville native from coaching Goebel.

"In that game I went to, she didn't block out or make good post moves at all," said Haley. "I told her when I block, I get down in a (three-point) football stance. It helps get a quicker step on your defender.

"She's so loose and flimsy," she added. "That girl has to get in the weight room and get stronger. She has to strengthen up and make strong moves. She reminds me of Brittany Coleman who played (at Tarleton) last year. She was undersized and good against girls her size, but she struggled against bigger players."

The message seemed to take with the freshman.

"B.H. told me I need to just get a key to the weight room," said Goebel with a laugh.

While Haley was making comparisons, the senior also noted that Goebel reminds her of current TexAnn Kiara Wright.

Wright, a freshman out of Pittsburg, is averaging 6.6 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game this year off the bench, making a case for LSC South Division Freshman of the Year.

"Both Kiara and Kayla are so coachable," said Haley. "They work hard and are willing to do anything the coach asks of them."

The relationship continues to grow stronger despite busy in-season schedules for both players.

Haley and the No. 23-ranked TexAnns are currently co-leaders in the South Division of the Lone Star Conference with a perfect league mark of 4-0. They are 14-2 overall.

"Off the court, we're best friends," said Haley. "We're actually planning a trip to Six Flags together next summer. But on the court, she knows B.H. don't play."

Goebel hopes to attend Tarleton State when her high school career at Glen Rose is complete and B.H. believes that there could be a purple and white jersey waiting for her at Wisdom Gym.

"Well of course, she has to get in the weight room," said Haley. "We talk about that all the time. She's one of the top high school freshmen in the nation. Her stats alone say she can play here."

Regardless of where the Glen Rose freshman ends up, she'll remember where it started.

She'll remember B.H.