GLEN ROSE — Injuries and illness led to a short bench for the Glen Rose Lady Tigers in their 72-56 victory over Waxahachie Life School on Friday night at Tiger Arena, and as a result, Glen Rose fans got a glimpse of the future.
With 5:55 left in the game and with the Lady Tigers leading by 32, Glen Rose girls basketball coach Ramsey Ghazal began resting his starters and went with the JV for nearly the remainder of the game.
“We want to show them what it’s like against better competition, so they know what they have to work on next year to get better,” Ghazal said of his JV players. “We are going to rely on some of those girls next year for our varsity. It lets them know what they need to learn to get better.”
With their 16th consecutive win, the second-ranked Lady Tigers improve to 27-1 overall and 8-0 in District 8-4A play. With four games remaining on the district slate, the Lady Tigers hold a 2 1/2 game lead over Stephenville and Midlothian Heritage.
The Lady Tigers can put more distance between them and the Honeybees when the two teams meet Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Stephenville.
Glen Rose beat Stephenville 36-34 in their first meeting of the year on Dec. 20 in Glen Rose. The Honeybees haven’t played since beating Waxahachie Life School 68-30 on Jan. 16.
Senior Ally Andress led the Lady Tigers with 22 points and six rebounds, while Hailey Ibarra added 16 points, five steals, three rebounds and three assists in the win over Life School. Breanna Baker also hit in double figures with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Tigers never trailed. Baker scored the first basket of the game and finished with seven points in the opening stanza, and Andress added eight in the quarter in leading the Lady Tigers to the 22-6 lead at the end of the first.
Glen Rose managed just three field goals in the second quarter and five fouls shot, but the Lady Tigers still led comfortably at 32-17 heading into the locker room.
The Lady Tigers led 56-27 heading into the final quarter.
Glen Rose shot 36 percent from the field for the game (16 of 44) and 58 percent from the foul line (25 of 43).