GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Lady Tigers opened the home portion of their 2018-19 basketball season with a 53-32 victory over Joshua on Friday afternoon at Tiger Arena.

In improving to 3-0, the Lady Tigers shot the ball well, and more importantly, clamped down on the defensive side of the ball.

“This game was, by far, the best we have looked. A full week of practice with everyone was good for us,” Glen Rose girls basketball coach Ramsey Ghazal said.

The Lady Tigers scored on eight of their first 11 possessions in the win over the Lady Owls. Hailey Ibarra scored five points and Bre Baker scored six straight to open up a 15-2 lead with 2:31 left in the first quarter.

On the contrary, the Lady Owls scored on just one of their first 10 possessions, and there was a stretch where the Lady Tigers forced five straight Joshua turnovers.

“Defensively, I’m very pleased about how disciplined we have been not fouling in the past two games,” Ghazal said. “The other team has only gotten two free throws in each game, so we are eliminating one way for the opponent to score by not fouling.”

The Lady Tigers didn’t score in the final 2:31 of the quarter, allowing Joshua to cut the lead to 15-9 at the end of the first.

Kora Dodson knocked down a 3-point to increase the GR lead to 18-9 with seven minutes left in the half, and that bucket started a 13-2 run where the Lady Tigers led 28-11 with 4:35 left in the half.

The Lady Owls, who committed seven turnovers in the second quarter alone, scored just five points. 

The Lady Tigers scored 17 in the quarter and 12 came on four 3-pointers — one each by Hazel Hawkins and Dodson, and two from Baker, who had 14 points in the half, and 20 for the game.

“Bre had a great all-around game — rebounding, passing — but It’s so good to see her shoot well because we know she can do it,” Ghazal said. “She seemed to lack that confidence in herself, so now that she has seen it happen, this could be a major step forward in her progression as a player.”

The Lady Tigers held Joshua to just five points in the third and led 42-19 heading into the final quarter in which Joshua outscored the Lady Tigers 13-11.

Behind Baker, Ibarra finished with seven points and Dodson had five, while Kennedy Bunt and Collie Keller had four each.

The Lady Tigers are back in action Monday with Keene with home games beginning at 11:30 a.m., and Whitney on Tuesday with games beginning at 9 a.m.