GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers are in desperate need of a District 8-4A win, and they will look to get their first of the season Friday night when they travel to Alvarado for a 7:30 meeting with the Indians.
The Tigers and Indians are the only teams without a win in district play. A Tiger win would snap a nine-game losing streak that dates back to Dec. 16.
The Tigers (7-18, 0-3) had a big run in the fourth quarter Friday night but came up short in a four-point loss at Venus, and Tuesday night, they dropped a 72-42 home decision to district leader Midlothian Heritage.
In the loss to the Jaguars Tuesday night, the Tigers fell behind 11-0 to start the game and weren’t able to recover in suffering the 30-point defeat.
Kolton Mooney, Chance Hatfield and Jett Gould had eight points each for the Tigers.
The Tigers trailed 31-19 at the half, but using a pressure defense to fuel the offense, they cut the lead to four heading into the fourth quarter at 42-38. Glen Rose got balanced scoring in the quarter as seven players scored, led by five from Logan Thames, four from Drayden James and three each from Mooney and Kasen Keese.
Venus opened the fourth quarter with a devastating 12-0 run to push the lead to 16 points at 54-38 with 5:50 left in the game.
Glen Rose, however, never backed down and allowed just six Venus points - all from the foul line - the rest of the way while mounting a furious comeback.
Mooney started the Glen Rose rally with a 3-pointer followed by a bucket by Keese to cut the lead to 11 with 5:10 to go. Gould added a basket to get the game into single digits with 3:22 left, and Mooney drained another 3-pointer to pull the Tigers to within six with 3:36 left.
After a pair of Venus foul shots pushed the lead to 56-48, Glen Rose got back-to-back hoops from Thames and Austin Worthen to whittle the lead to four with just over a minute to play.
The Tigers had a lead down to four again with 19 seconds left after a basket by Keese.
“The boys never quit and that was great to see. With a lot of young guys it would be easy to give up,” Glen Rose basketball coach Owen Clifton said. “We just ran out of time. I felt like we had them on the ropes.”
Keese hit four 3-pointers en route to a team-high 16 points in the loss, while Thames added 10 and Mooney added three 3-pointers for nine points, and Worthen also had nine points.