The mystery is over about which team the Glen Rose High School girls will face in the opening round of the playoffs.
And Tuesday night’s 76-29 District 8-4A road romp over Alvarado solved another potential mystery — about whether the Lady Tigers are back on track offensively.
The performance set a GRHS girls basketball record for points scored in a single game. As an added bonus, coach Ramsey Ghazal’s Lady Tigers established a new single-game school standard for 3-point baskets made, with nine.
With their district wars behind them and a third-place finish secured with an 8-4 mark behind Godley and Stephenville, the Lady Tigers (25-8) can now focus all of their attention on the playoffs. Their bi-district playoff game will be against District 7-4A runner-up Mineral Wells (17-14). That contest will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, at Mineral Wells.
“It’s good to be peaking going into the playoffs, but the next game starts at 0-0, so we must continue to practice as we want to play,” Ghazal said.
Collie Keller came through with an offensive eruption Tuesday, scoring a career-high 21 points for the Lady Tigers. Ally Andress chipped in 14 points, while Jaylan Evans, Sydney Lozier and Hailey Ibarra added to the onslaught with eight points each.
“We played really well,” Ghazal said. “We need to continue to work hard in practice in order to continue to play well.”
The Lady Tigers scored 15 points in each of the first two quarters for a 30-9 halftime lead, then picked up the pace with 24 in the third quarter and 22 in the fourth.
Glen Rose also dominated Alvarado in Tuesday’s junior varsity game, 21-5. Kora Dodson led the JV Lady Tigers in scoring with nine points.
The Lady Tigers had clinched the third-place playoff position in district with last Friday night’s 42-17 home blowout over Midlothian Heritage. That enabled them to avoid having to take on second-ranked Kennedale in the first round of the playoffs.
In Friday’s game, Andress led on offense with 12 points and teammate Logan Smith scored seven.
“Offensively we had some easy buckets we missed, but overall it was a great win,” Ghazal said of the win over Heritage. “It was kind of a playoff atmosphere. These games really help you get ready for the playoffs. We talked about not fouling and not giving them points in the paint.”
Ghazal noted that he was proud of the performances turned in by his three seniors, Sonya Garcia, Brittany Watson and starter Jaylan Evans.
Barring an unlikely playoff matchup in Glen Rose, that contest marked the final home game for those seniors.
“It’s been an awesome experience, and this season has been the best so far” Evans said after the Heritage win and securing the third-place spot. “It’s a really cool experience. I’m really excited.”
The Lady Tigers scored just seven points in the first quarter Friday, but were in double figures for the final three quarters. Glen Rose held Heritage to a single free throw in the opening quarter, taking a 7-1 lead, and was on top 19-4 at intermission.
The defense limited Heritage to just 16 percent shooting from the field on the night, while the Lady Tigers shot 33 percent.
Logan Smith led Glen Rose in rebounding, with seven, and the team dominated Heritage on the boards overall, 40-16.
The Glen Rose junior varsity girls also beat Midllothian Heritage, 28-22, picking up nine points from Bree Baker.