Despite their loss to Godley Tuesday night, the most important District 8-4A basketball games are still ahead for the Glen Rose girls as they continue their second-half schedule.
The Lady Tigers lost a 45-24 decision to fourth-ranked Godley, as they slipped to 4-3 in district and 20-7 overall. It marked the start of the second half in district, and was the second loss to Godley.
Ally Andress was the lone Glen Rose player with more than four points, scoring a dozen.
Teammate Logan Smith led in rebounding, with five, but the team had only 14 in all.
The next game for Glen Rose will be Friday at Waxahachie Life School. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
Godley is in first place in district at 7-0, with Stephenville second at 6-1 followed by Glen Rose in third at 4-3. But both Midlothian Heritage (3-3), Life School (2-5) and Venus (2-5) are all battling for their playoff lives and could threaten to knock the Lady Tigers out of postseason consideration. Alvarado is 0-7. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs out of each district.
“Now, we’ve got to embrace another challenge,” Glen Rose head coach Ramsey Ghazal said. “Life is a must-win, at their place. It will be one of the biggest games of the year. We can’t let those other teams catch up to us.”
Ghazal said it’s “imperative” to stay at least in third place. The fourth-place team can count on having to face one of the best teams in the state in the opening round - fifth-ranked Kennedale, which has beat Godley earlier this season.
“We don’t want to make it a last-game must-win,” Ghazal said. “We’ve just got to continue to keep getting better. The main thing is, we’ve got to hit some threes.”
Against Godley, the Lady Tigers tried only four 3-pointers and made none. Godley hit eight from beyond the arc, led by a pair of all-state guards. They combined with Godley’s 6-4 post to outscore the Lady Tigers 26-15 in the first half. Glen Rose’s hopes were cut down in the fourth quarter as the Lady Tigers were outscored 15-7.
The junior varsity girls game against Godley was won by Glen Rose, 37-33. Nikki McQuesten scored 11 points and Kennedy Bunt added 10 for the JV Lady Tigers.
In their district game last Friday at Tiger Arena, the varsity Lady Tigers overwhelmed the Alvarado girls 52-17.
The Lady Tigers picked up 20 points and eight rebounds from Ally Andress and nine points from Logan Smith.
“We got after them on defense,” Ghazal said of the Alvarado blowout, in which the Lady Indians were held to just one field goal in the first half and six overall. “We came out slow on offense. It was a solid defensive performance.”
Ghazal said that with the Lady Tigers playing that well defensively made the lack of early scoring spark less of a problem.
Glen Rose shut out Alvarado in the first quarter, taking a 13-0 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Indians finally scored for the first time on a free throw with 6:39 left in the half. By then, the Lady Indians enjoyed a 15-1 edge, and they led 22-5 at halftime.
The scoring picked up for the Lady Tigers after intermission, outscoring the Lady Indians 30-12 for the final 35-point win.
But the overall shooting for Glen Rose was shaky, at 31 percent from the field. That includes missing 10 of 11 attempts from 3-point range.
The Glen Rose girls hit 23 of 36 free throws on the night.
In the junior varsity game that night, a 44-18 romp for Glen Rose, Kennedy Bunt led the way on offense with 14 points and Kora Dodson added 11.