STEPHENVILLE — The second-ranked Glen Rose High School girls basketball dynamo just keeps churning out impressive victories — even against Stephenville, a team that had been ranked among the state’s top 25 earlier this season.
Coach Ramsey Ghazal’s Lady Tigers used their suffocating defense to post a 20-point road victory over the Honeybees, 39-19, further solidifying their grip on first place in the District 8-4A standings, at 8-0.
It was the 17th consecutive victory for the Lady Tigers, who expanded their season record to 28-1.
Stephenville, 5-3 in district and 14-12 on the season, is still in third place behind Glen Rose and 6-2 Midlothian Heritage.
The Lady Tigers beat Stephenville 36-34 in their first meeting of the season with the Honeybees on Dec. 20 in Glen Rose. The Honeybees hadn’t played since beating Waxahachie Life School 68-30 on Jan. 16.
Hailey Ibarra and Ally Andress scored 10 points each to lead the Glen Rose offensive effort.
Ibarra also led the team in rebounds, with six, while Breanna Baker recorded five.
On defense, getting a team-high four steals from Ibarra, held the Honeybees to just a single free throw in the first quarter, and seven points for the entire first half. SHS was outscored 11-4 in the third quarter, and 10-8 in the fourth.
“They know going in, that’s what we do extremely well,” Ghazal said of his team’s defensive prowess. “We spend a lot of time on it in practice, and we’ve got a lot of hard-working players.
“It was in a hostile environment. It was a big game for both teams. We did a good job from the get-go.”
The Lady Tigers, who shot 38 percent overall against the Honeybees, will be idle this weekend, then resume district play Tuesday at home against Venus.
“If we can win Tuesday, then we can win the outright district championship by beating Alvarado (Feb. 6, at home),” Ghazal said, noting that in between will be a big showdown on the road against 19th-ranked Midlothian Heritage.
GLEN ROSE 72, LIFE SCHOOL 56
By Jay Hinton
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 Friday night at Tiger Arena in Glen Rose, 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 points, GRHS coach Ramsey Ghazal began resting his starters and went with the junior varsity 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 improved to 27-1 overall and 8-0 in District 8-4A play. The Lady Tigers came out of the game with a 2-1/2 game lead in the standings over Stephenville and Midlothian Heritage.
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 their 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).