Turnovers continued to be a problem for the Glen Rose High School Tigers as they made their way through the three-day round robin Glen Rose Holiday Tournament last week in Tiger Arena, dropping five games.
In their final game Saturday, the Class 4A Tigers lost by a 58-49 count to Class 5A Fort Worth Polytech to fall to 7-15 on the season.
On Friday, the Tigers were outscored by 4A Waco Robinson, 55-43 in their morning contest before losing to Hyde Park, an Austin private school, 57-39 that evening.
Thursday’s opening day started with a 61-51 loss to 4A Hillsboro, followed by a 67-47 loss to 6A El Paso El Dorado.
GRHS boys coach Owen Clifton said he thought that the Tigers’ first and last games in the tournament were their best among the five games because of their good effort.
“The other three games, we didn’t get much effort,” Clifton said. “We just turned the ball over too much. That is absolutely our Achilles heel.”
Polytech showed up with just six players for Saturday’s game, and were down to five for a while when one of them went down with a minor injury midway through the second quarter before returning to the game later.
Isaac Emerson and Kolton Mooney led GRHS in scoring, each with 11 points, followed by Austin Worthen with 10 including a 40-foot 3-pointer just before the buzzer ending the first half that cut Poly’s lead to 44-31.
A field goal by Jett Gould with 2:14 left in the fourth quarter pulled the Tigers within 10, at 58-48, but the only other scoring the rest of the way was a single free throw by Glen Rose.
In the loss to Robinson, Gould led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, and Kasen Keese added 8.
Against Hyde Park, the Tigers got 8 points each from Adrian Lewis and Gould.
Clifton's first head coaching job was at Hyde Park, where he coached five seasons (2005-2010). The current Hyde Park coach was his assistant when he was at the Austin private school.
Thursday afternoon’s loss to Hillsboro featured Kasen Keese scoring 13 points and Logan Thames recording 10 points for the Tigers.
Thames missed Saturday’s game because he was sick, Clifton noted.
The result of the Tigers’ game Wednesday against Oak Cliff Life, which was played at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, was not available at press time. The GRHS girls also played Wednesday afternoon in the AA Center, against Lorena.
Clifton said he expected that the experience — which began last season, signing up and taking advantage of a program made possible by the Dallas Mavericks in which high school teams are allowed to play in the facility before some of their NBA home games, would be a fun experience for the kids.
“That’s the idea,” Clifton said. “We’re looking forward to it. It should be a great time. It should be a great experience for the kids.”
The GRHS boys and girls teams will play Friday at Venus, when District 8-4A play continues. Clifton said that he’s hopeful that Conner Hanson, who has been sidelined with a hand injury, will be able to play Friday. He also said that Worthen, who was injured in the Hyde Park game and late in the Poly contest, should be able to play Friday.