Chalk up two huge District 8-4A basketball victories for the Glen Rose Lady Tigers.
Tuesday night in Waxahachie, the Lady Tigers defeated the Heritage Lady Jaguars, 49-41.
Glen Rose was coming off Friday night’s stellar home-court performance when they overwhelmed Venus, 39-18.
The wins were crucial for the Lady Tigers as they move through district play, with an eye on potential playoff positioning.
As Glen Rose head coach Ramsey Ghazal put it, they are in the middle of a fight for their playoff lives after dropping two of their first three district contests.
Godley and Stephenville currently lead the girls district standings, both at 5-0. Glen Rose (19-6 overall) is third at 3-2, followed by Heritage at 2-3, Waxahachie Life at 2-4, Venus at 1-4 and Alvarado at 0-5.
Third-ranked Godley trounced Waxahachie Life Tuesday, 65-22. Tenth-ranked Stephenville was a 46-28 winner over Alvarado. Venus had its bye.
Ally Andress led the way offensively against Heritage (16-8), with 30 points. Next for Glen Rose was Logan Smith, with nine.
“We started a little sluggish on the defensive end and gave up 17 first-quarter points,” said Ghazal, whose squad will play at home in Tiger Arena Friday night against Alvarado. “We finally got the matchup sorted out, and really played well on defense.”
“Ally Andress had a dominant game inside, scoring 30 points and Logan Smith really had a great second half, pulling us to a nice lead in the fourth (quarter).
“Hailey Ibarra, Jaylyn Evans and Sydney Lozier did a great job of defense limiting their guards and handling pressure.”
Andress also paced the Lady Tigers in scoring against Venus, with 24 points. Smith was next, with five.
Ibarra banked in a long 3-point shot at the buzzer ending the second quarter, giving Glen Rose a 10-3 edge. The Lady Tigers led 20-5 at halftime.
“This was huge win for us,” said Ghazal, whose team has gone from 1-2 before the Christmas break to being above .500 for the first time this season in district play. “The girls did a great job of following the scouting report and we knew what they were going to run. I’m extremely happy we carried out our game plan.”
The Glen Rose junior varsity girls won a 32-23 decision over Heritage Tuesday, improving to 4-1 in district. The JV Lady Tigers got a team-leading eight points from Emma Sheffield.