It took the third-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers the better part of the first quarter to shake off the Thanksgiving rust, and when they did, they cruised to an easy 46-11 girls basketball victory over Tolar on Tuesday night at Tiger Arena.
The Lady Tigers trailed 6-0 with 5:19 left in the first quarter, but for the remainder of the game, they held the Lady Rattlers to just five points in posting a school record for fewest points allowed.
“Defensively, we were undisciplined at the start, trying to do too much instead of taking care of our responsibilities,” Glen Rose girls coach Ramsey Ghazal said. “After that, we settled down and played great.”
The previous school record for fewest points allowed was 13 and that came twice last year with the most recent occurring in a 63-13 victory over West on Nov. 22, 2017.
With the win, the Lady Tigers improved to 6-0. They will face Clyde at 3 p.m. Thursday at Tiger Arena on the opening day of the Glen Rose Lions Club Lady Tiger Basketball Tournament. They will play Burnet at 9 a.m. Friday, and depending on pool play, they could have as many as two games on Saturday.
Junior guard Hailey Ibarra led the Lady Tigers with 22 points, while Bre Baker chipped in with eight points in the win over the Lady Rattlers.
“Hailey really stepped up on offense and finished well at the rim to get us going,” Ghazal said.
The Lady Tigers got their first bucket of the game at the 5:01 mark of the first quarter on the first of seven straight points by Ibarra to get within one at 8-7 with 3:45 left in the quarter.
Baker scored on a driving lay-up with 2:07 left in the quarter to give the Lady Tigers the lead for good. She later added a three-point play the old-fashioned way to increase the lead to 12-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Ibarra scored on a driving layup and Hazel Hawkins buried a triple with 6:56 left in the half to build the lead to 17-8. Tolar scored its final points of the game with 4:15 left in half.
“Abby Stephenson and Kora Dodson really gave us a defensive spark,” Ghazal said.
Glen Rose eventually led 24-11 at the half and 32-11 at the end of the third quarter.
Behind Ibarra and Baker, Hawkins finished with five points and Stephenson tallied four points.
“We gave the girls a five-day break for Thanksgiving, and it’s always a little sluggish coming out of that break,” Ghazal said.
The Lady Tigers, who had 19 steals in the game, shot 35 percent from the field, including just 18 percent from behind the 3-point line (3 of 17). They also shot 88 percent from the free throw line (7 of 8).
Prior to the holiday break, the Lady Tigers beat Keene 44-22 and Whitney 50-36.