Not only was it a sweet sensation for the Glen Rose Tigers to notch their first District 8-4A victory of the season Friday night at Alvarado, it also gave them hope as they look ahead.
The 42-39 triumph put coach Owen Clifton’s Tigers in a tie with two other teams for what could eventually be the fourth and final playoff berth out of the seven-team alignment. The Tigers (8-18 overall) are 1-3 in district along with Godley and Venus. They will play Godley twice and Venus once the rest of the way.
Midlothian Heritage, ranked 11th in the state in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches current Class 4A boys rankings, leads the pack at 5-0. Stephenville is in second place at 4-1, and Waxahachie Life School is third with a 3-1 mark.
“It was nice to get that one. It was good for our confidence,” Clifton said. “It actually kept us in contention in the playoff race. If we take care of business, we can get in the playoffs.”
Jett Gould paced the GRHS offense with nine points, while Kasen Keese and Kolton Mooney added eight points each.
The Glen Rose boys and girls games that were scheduled for Tuesday at Godley were switched to Wednesday night because of the winter weather concerns, so those results were no available by press time.
The Tigers are slated to play Friday, Jan. 19, at home against Life School (7:30 p.m. varsity tipoff).
Glen Rose trailed Alvarado 22-20 at halftime.
Clifton noted that the Tigers pulled out the win by finishing strong, outscoring the Indians 14-7 in the fourth quarter with help at the free throw line in the final minute from a couple of freshmen. Kolton Mooney sank a pair of free throws and Austin Worthen made one of two, with 10 seconds left in the game.
“We took care of the ball and didn’t turn the ball over much,” Clifton said. “We rebounded well and blocked out.”