Even without one of their key players, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers are a dangerous team.
Alvarado discovered that fact the hard way on its home court last Friday night, suffering a 52-point loss to the state’s second-ranked Class 4A basketball team.
Leading scorer Ally Andress provided 27 points, 19 of which came before intermission. Freshman post Jeana Douglas, moved up to the varsity in the absence of Laiken McAnear, provided eight points and nine rebounds.
The 68-16 victory gave the Lady Tigers a 7-0 mark in District 8-4A play, and a 25-1 overall record. They lead Stephenville and Midlothian Heritage, both 4-2 in the standings while Godley is currently fourth at 3-3. Last-place Alvarado continues to have a tough season, falling to 0-6 and 4-23 overall.
The boys and girls district games that had been scheduled for Tuesday at Godley had to be moved to Wednesday night because of winter weather concerns. The results of the Godley contest were not available by press time.
The Lady Tigers will open the second half of district play on Friday with a home game against Waxahachie Life School (6 p.m. tipoff for the varsity).
As the No. 2 squad in the state behind Liberty Hill in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches rankings, the Lady Tigers are the only team with fewer than two losses. They are also ranked second in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s poll.
Also on offense for Glen Rose last Friday against the Lady Indians, Hailey Ibarra and Bree Baker contributed 11 points each.
Sydney Lozier led Glen Rose with seven assists, while Ibarra recorded five steals and five assists.
Andress, a 5-11 senior, continued to show why she is an all-state performer, making 11 of her 15 field goal attempts for an incredible 73 percent.
And the Lady Tigers weren’t at full strength, with McAnear out of the lineup with an illness.
“We played well,” Ghazal said. “We are shorthanded right now with Laiken (McAnear) out with an illness. So, it was important for our starters to come out and set the tone early, so we could rest them in the second half, and that is just what they did. Our freshmen girls came in and played very well in the second half getting more varsity experience.”
The coach said McAnear will be sidelined for at least another week.
The talented Andress is keeping the offense supercharged, averaging about 21 points per game. Ghazal noted that her teammates are unselfish in their supporting roles.
“Ally is playing great,” Ghazal said. “She plays extremely hard at both ends of the court, which is what makes her such a great leader.
“We have a special team with unselfish kids who are all stars at their role. That’s a rare thing to find these days. We just need to stay healthy and continue to improve, so we can make a long playoff run.”
On defense, the Lady Tigers held the Lady Indians to just 24 percent shooting overall (8 of 33 from the field). Glen Rose hit 15 of 26 free throws, and made only one of 18 tries from 3-point range.