As expected, next week’s basketball slate will be crucial in determining the potential playoff outlook for the Glen Rose High School girls team.

Following Tuesday night’s 48-36 home loss to 10th-ranked Stephenville, the Lady Tigers are 5-4 in District 8-4A, and 21-8 overall. Ally Andress scored a team-high nine points and teammate Sydney Lozier scored eight.

In last Friday’s road game at Waxahachie Life School, the Lady Tigers pulled out a 52-50 overtime triumph, getting 28 points from Andress and 11 from Logan Smith.

The district bye date for the Glen Rose teams comes around this Friday, when the Lady Tigers will travel to Waco to play Rapoport Academy. But matchups next week at Venus Tuesday and at home against Midlothian Heritage on Feb. 3 are extremely important.

Godley leads the girls district race with a 9-0 mark, while Stephenville is second at 7-1. Glen Rose is currently third at 5-4, followed by Heritage at 4-4, Venus at 3-6, Waxahachie Life School at 2-7 and Alvarado at 0-8.

A fourth-place finish in district will mean a first-round (bi-district) playoff date with Kennedale — the second-ranked team in the state.

Glen Rose head coach Ramsey Ghazal said the Lady Tigers have to be focused on taking the third-place playoff berth in order to avoid hitting that Kennedale buzzsaw in the opening round.

Meanwhile, Stephenville defeated the Lady Tigers for the second time this season, exploding for 21 points in the second quarter on the way to a 30-21 halftime lead.

“It’s not normal for us to give up 30 points in a half,” Ghazal stated, noting that the Honeybees had 13 free throw opportunities in the first half, and made 12 of them. “Stephenville could very easily be better than any team we see between now and the regional tournament. Not all is lost. We’ve got to get better. In the second quarter they really outplayed us, and our defense lost its identity. I put some of it on me.”

Ghazal said his players have to get back to basics as they come down the stretch.

“You can’t foul good teams,” Ghazal said. “The premise on defense is to stay out in front and not foul. We’ve got to get back to those defensive principles.”

In the game at Life School, Glen Rose led 19-16 at halftime but were outscored 14-11 in the fourth quarter to force the overtime. The Lady Tigers outscored Life 9-7 in the overtime.