The 2017-2018 Glen Rose High School girls basketball squad reached the regional tournament for the first time since 1992, and set a school basketball record for victories in a season, so it’s no surprise that the Lady Tigers were well represented on the District 8-4A all-district team.
Senior forward Ally Andress was unanimously named as the district’s overall Most Valuable Player by vote of the district coaches. Sophomore guard Hailey Ibarra was unanimously selected as the district’s Defensive MVP.
Senior Sydney Lozier and sophomore Breanna Baker made the all-district first team for GRHS. Also, seniors Laiken McAnear and Kashanna Bryant were second-team all-district picks.
Junior Emma Sheffield was the Lady Tigers’ lone honorable mention choice.
Glen Rose was voted as the Coaching Staff of the Year. That includes head coach Ramsey Ghazal and assistant coaches Carrie Lytle and Morgan Riebok.
Ghazal announced this week that six of his players made academic all-district — Andress, Ibarra, Lozier, Baker, McAnear, and Sheffield.
Andress finished her stellar high school basketball run as the all-time GRHS scorer for a career (1,987 points), season (747) and a single game (40). She also holds the school mark for career rebounding (888).
Ibarra posted a GRHS season record of 164 assists, and the single-game mark of 10, along with the season record in steals (146) and for a single game (10).
Lozier set new GRHS girls standards for 3-pointers in a season (50), and for a single game (8). Her 29 percent shooting from 3-point range was also an all-time school record.
Midlothian Heritage had the Offensive MVP, junior Jasmine Bailey.
Stephenville freshman post Alee McClendon was voted Sixth Player of the Year, and Heritage sophomore Dani Wallace was named Newcomer of the Year.
Stephenville had three players named to the first team and two on the second team. Godley had two on the first team and two on the second team.
Ghazal’s Lady Tigers achieved a No. 2 state ranking, and finished the season with an all-time GRHS best 34-2 record. That record eclipsed the 27-win mark the Lady Tigers posted during the 2016-2017 campaign.
They earned their second consecutive district title, and won 22 games in a row to reach the semifinals of the Region I-4A tournament in Lubbock. There, they were eliminated by fifth-ranked Denver City, 44-33.
The Lady Tigers were trying to reach the girls state basketball tournament for the fourth time in their history. Tommy Corcoran, Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the GRISD, said that the GRHS girls first reached the state tournament in 1963 and took third place, then were the state runner-up in both 1968 and 1971.