The Glen Rose High School girls basketball team climbed to No. 4 in the state this week after winning the Division 2 Gold Bracket in the three-day Aggieland Invitational Tournament that concluded Saturday.
Coach Ramsey Ghazal’s Lady Tigers entered the tournament, which was staged at four high schools in Bryan and College Station, ranked 7th in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll. The Lady Tigers moved up three spots after winning all five of their games, including a 46-29 victory over Houston Wheatley, which is now No. 9 in the 4A rankings. That improved their season record to 21-1.
The Lady Tigers previously won the Glen Rose Lions Club tournament, and were second in the Hillsboro tournament, where they sustained their only loss so far.
“I thought we played really well,” Ghazal said. “We had five good games against teams that made us play well. We were playing a lot of good Region III schools.”
Ghazal said the Lady Tigers continued to play strong defense, limiting some high-scoring teams well below their season average.
“They all like to play defense,” he said of his players. “They take pride in it. That’s a good asset.”
Ghazal said the tournament victory serves as a good building block as they Lady Tigers go forward in district play.
“I was hoping we would hit our peak after Christmas,” Ghazal said. “We were looking sharp. That’s a good sign.”
Ally Andress scored a team-high 16 points for the Lady Tigers in Saturday’s win over Wheatley, while teammate Hailey Ibarra added 13 points.
After opening with a 71-35 win over Oak Cliff Life School Thursday morning, the Lady Tigers defeated Silsbee later that night, 60-47, before beating Fairfield 50-22 and Hardin-Jefferson 49-42 on Friday.
Ally Andress led the 17-1 Lady Tigers in scoring with 24 points to lead the way versus Oak Cliff Life School, while Sidney Lozier added 16 and Laiken McAnear had 10.
In the victory over Silsbee, Ally Andress scored 32 points and Kashanna Bryant added 13.
Against Fairfield, Andress led in scoring with 19 and Hailey Ibarra recorded nine assists. In the win over Hardin-Jefferson, Bryant scored 15 points, Andress had 14 and Laiken McAnear tossed in 12. Hardin-Jefferson is currently ranked No. 17 in the state in Class 4A by the TABC.
The Lady Tigers played a non-district game against Lorena on Wednesday in a special matchup being held at American Airlines Center (home of the Dallas Mavericks) in Dallas. GRHS boys coach Owen Clifton's Tigers also played in the AA Center the same day, taking on Life Oak Cliff.