WEATHERFORD — Glen Rose girls basketball coach Ramsey Ghazal said Monday’s 38-32 loss to Decatur in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs was a microcosm of the Lady Tigers’ previous six losses.
“We shot the ball so poorly that we forced our defense to play a flawless game,” he said
The Lady Tigers, the second-place team from District 7-4A, shot just 23 percent from the field (9 of 39) for the game and just 18 percent (3 of 17) from the 3-point line, and 55 percent (11 of 20) from the foul line.
On the hand, Decatur, the third-place team from District 8-4A, shot 40 percent from the field (13 of 32), and 75 percent from the foul line (6 of 8).
“We took seven more shots than they did and 12 more free throws, and that’s a sign of how hard we work,” Ghazal said. “But our Achilles’ heel all year has been making shots and scoring. As the head coach, I have to work harder to make sure that we get better in those departments.”
With the loss, the Lady Tigers finish the year 28-7, and in six of the seven losses, they allowed 38 points or less.
“This team was so close to being 32-2, a top-5 team and being in another regional tournament,” he said. “We just couldn’t knock down open shots, so I hope that’s a challenge to all our underclasswomen to make sure they put in the work to make sure that we are there next season.”
Only three Lady Tigers scored in the loss to Decatur led by 14 points from junior Hailey Ibarra, while junior Breanna Baker added 12 and senior Collie Keller scored six — all coming in the first two minutes.
“This game was identical to our two Stephenville losses,” said Ghazal. “In all three games, they basically dared us to make open 3’s by doubling and converging on Hailey, and we just couldn’t find any consistency in our shooting.”
After Keller’s first six points gave the Lady Tigers a 6-2 lead two minutes into the game, they managed just one point the remainder of the quarter and trailed 15-7 at the end of the first.
Glen Rose held the Lady Eagles to just three points in the second quarter, but the Lady Tigers managed to score just four points and trailed by seven at the half, and it remained a seven-point Decatur advantage at the end of the third quarter as well at 27-20.
Baker and Ibarra drilled back-to-back 3-pointers, and the Lady Tigers trailed by three at 29-26 with six minutes remaining. With just over two minutes left, the Lady Tigers had cut the lead to four at 36-32, but they didn’t score the remainder of the game.
“I’m so proud of how hard our girls played. We did a great job of blocking them out, which was a major area of concern with all their height,” Ghazal said. “But when two close teams play, it will always come down to who shoots better.”