After their first two games of the new basketball season, Glen Rose High School’s varsity boys coach Owen Clifton saw it as a learning experience for his Runnin’ Tigers.
The’ Tigers slipped to 0-2 on Monday night with a 67-59 road loss to Class 3A Whitney. Glen Rose had opened the 2017-2018 season Friday at Class 4A Springtown, falling 69-39.
Clifton had two players on the roster for Monday’s game — chance Hatfield and Drayton James — who missed the opener because they were still involved in varsity football.
Austin Worthen led the Tigers in scoring against Whitney with 13 points, followed by Kason Keese with 11.
The Tigers had a third-quarter rally in which they outscored Whitney 21-13, taking a 52-47 lead into the fourth quarter. But Whitney overcame the deficit early in the final quarter, when the Wildcats outscored the Tigers 21-7.
“It was an experience game for us,” Clifton said after the Whitney matchup, noting that the two football players only had about 45 minutes of practice with the basketball team, earlier that day. “We did a nice job of battling back. We learned a lot quick, by fire.”
As is often the case early in any season, miscues were a problem.
“We killed ourselves, putting them on the line,” Clifton said. “They probably had 30 free throws.”
Clifton saw some positives, however, including the fact that on defense the Tigers took three charges in the first half alone.
Against Springtown, Kolton Mooney led Glen Rose in scoring with 12 points, while Keese added 11.
The Porcupines jumped to a 16-5 lead in the opening quarter, and were on top 35-16 at halftime. The Tigers kept close in the third quarter when Springtown had an 18-15 scoring edge, but the Porcupines extended their lead in the fourth quarter, 16-8.
Glen Rose was scheduled to play at home Tuesday against West, then resume play following the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday at home against Joshua (varsity at 7:30 p.m., JV at 6:15).