GLEN ROSE — The second-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers captured a share of their first district title since 2005 with a convincing 66-14 victory over Venus Tuesday night at Tiger Arena, and they can win it outright with at least one win in their last two games.
“Those girls were in kindergarten the last time Glen Rose accomplished that. It is big,” Glen Rose girls basketball coach Ramsey Ghazal said. “Our kids came out with energy to get that.”
In recording their 18th consecutive victory, the Lady Tigers set a pair of school records with 28 steals, of which Hailey Ibarra had a school-record 10.
With the win, the Lady Tigers improve to 29-1 overall and 10-0 in District 8-4A play with two games remaining. If the playoffs started today, Glen Rose would hold the No. 1 seed followed by Midlothian Heritage (8-2), Stephenville (6-4) and Godley (5-5).
The Lady Tigers travel to Midlothian Heritage (26-5) Friday for a 6 p.m. meeting with the Lady Jags before closing out the regular season at home Feb. 6 with Alvarado (4-26, 0-9).
“I told them in the locker room we need to stay sharp and keep getting better for our playoff run,” Ghazal said. “That’s what we’re looking forward to.”
Senior Ally Andress paced the Lady Tigers with a game-high 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 11-of-12 from the foul line. She also added nine rebounds, five steals and three blocks.
To go along with her double-digit steals, Ibarra added 23 points, while Kash Bryant added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.
As a team, the Lady Tigers shot 46 percent from the field (21 of 46) and 74 percent (20 of 27) from the foul line, while holding the Lady Wildcats (20-14, 3-7) to just 15 percent shooting from the field (4 of 26) and 33 percent from the foul line.
In five of their last six games, the Lady Tigers have led their opponents to 25 points or less.
“The teams that know us know what we do. We run a half-court trap some and half-court man and we worked on both of those defenses (against Venus) to help us get ready for playoff games,” Ghazal said.
Andress (5) and Ibarra (2) combined to score the Lady Tigers first seven points before Venus got on the board with its first of two field goals in the first half with a 4:33 left in the first quarter.
Glen Rose led 17-3 at the end of the first and 39-5 at the half. Glen Rose held the Lady Wildcats without a field goal in the third quarter to lead 53-8 at the end of the quarter.
“Our kids played really well on defense,” Ghazal said, “and did really well all around.”