STEPHENVILLE — After posting two straight District 8-4A boys basketball victories, the Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers dropped their second consecutive league contest Tuesday night, 51-26 at Stephenville.
The Yellow Jackets scored the first 11 points of the game, before the Tigers scored for the first time, on a field goal by Kolton Mooney at the 4:50 mark in the opening stanza.
The Tigers trailed 25-8 at halftime, and 45-14 at the close of the third quarter. Glen Rose cut the final deficit a little in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 12-5.
Mooney led the Tigers in scoring with 11 points, including three baskets from 3-point range — one in each of the last three quarters.
“They were ready to play,” GRHS coach Owen Clifton said of the Yellow Jackets. “They were up for the game, they knew it mattered.”
The game mattered because both squads are in contention for one of the four playoff berths out of the district. That’s still the case, but the Tigers slipped into a tie for fourth with Godley, both with 2-5 district marks.
Stephenville remains on the heels of district leader Midlothian Heritage (7-0) and second-place Waxahachie Life School (6-1).
The Yellow Jackets won the first district meeting between the two teams, Dec. 19 in Glen Rose, by a much tighter margin, 39-32.
“We’ve been playing pretty well,” SHS head coach Bill Brooks said of his team. “We’ve got the guys to put (defensive) pressure on people, so that’s what we’re going to do.”
The Tigers (9-20 overall) will be idle this weekend, but return to district action Tuesday at home against Venus (1-5 in district). The varsity tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
By Jay Hinton
Glen Rose Reporter
GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers’ two-game winning streak came to an end with a lopsided 72-21 District 8-4A basketball loss to Waxahachie Life School Friday night at Tiger Arena.
The Tigers, who entered the game having posted back-to-back district wins over Alvarado and Godley, finished with their lowest offensive point total of the season in the 51-point loss. It was the fewest points the Tigers had scored in a game since dropping a 32-18 decision to Godley on Dec. 11, 2010.
Glen Rose fell to 9-19 overall and 2-4 in district. With six games remaining in the regular season, the Tigers still control their own destiny in regard to the playoffs. They are currently tied with Godley for the fourth playoff spot in the district.
Logan Thames tied the score at 2-2 against Life School with a pair of free throws with 5:33 left in the first quarter, but that’s all the Tigers would get in the quarter.
Glen Rose trailed 24-2 at the end of the first period, and it didn’t get its first field goal of the game — and only field goal and points in the second quarter — until Drayden James connected with 7:20 left in the half.
The Tigers trailed 45-7 at the half, and 54-10 and the end of the third quarter. Jett Gould’s 3-pointer produced Glen Rose’s only points in the quarter.
Isaac Emerson and Gould led the Tigers with five points each, and Kolton Mooney and Thames scored four each.
The Tigers, who were hampered by the Mustangs’ first-half full-court pressure, managed just eight field goals in the game, while going 4 of 6 from the free throw line.