The seventh-ranked Glen Rose High School girls basketball team knocked off No. 21 Midlothian Heritage 40-33 Tuesday afternoon, improving to 18-5 on the season.

Their next contest is scheduled for Jan. 3) at home versus Venus (varsity tipoff at noon) in Tiger Arena. After that will be their final non-district game, at home against Bridgeport (varsity at 6 p.m.). District 7-4A play will begin Jan. 10, at home against Brownwood.

In the win over Heritage, Hailey Ibarra was the top scorer for the Lady Tigers with 16 points. Jeana Douglas was next with seven, followed by Hazel Hawkins and Bree Baker with six each.

The Lady Tigers went into the Heritage matchup coming off the three-day Aggieland girls tournament in Bryan/College Station, where they had won the Division II bracket championship the last two years in a row. This time they fell by a 28-23 count to Fairfield.

Three Lady Tigers earned a spot on the Aggieland all-tournament team. They were Jeana Douglas, Hailey Ibarra and Bree Baker.

The Aggieland field was stout, as expected, and GRHS head coach Ramsey Ghazal said that nine of the 32 teams entered carrying state rankings.

Defense continued to be the Lady Tigers’ strong suit, while the team’s shooting has been less consistent.

“We’ve really been playing good defense the last two tournaments,” Ghazal said. “Our defense is state-tournament ready, we’ve just got to get our offense at the same level. We were playing some of the best teams in the state, and either beating them or competing with them. We’ve got to get consistent with our shooting.”

In the championship match at the Aggieland tournament Saturday, the Lady Tigers led by two points (20-18) going into the fourth quarter but lost to Fairfield by five.

Baker scored a team-high six points in that game, while Douglas added five.

In last Friday’s tournament games, GRHS defeated Woodville, 43-40, and posted a 41-25 domination of Houston Christian.

In the Woodville matchup, Jeana Douglas erupted for a team-high 20 points, and Baker contributed 12. Against Houston Christian, Baker scored 12 points, while Hawkins and Ibarra scored nine points each.

In last Thursday’s second round, Glen Rose thumped Pittsburg, 48-16, getting 19 points from Ibarra, plus 13 from Baker. Earlier Thursday, in their tournament opener, the Lady Tigers drummed New Diana, 58-13, behind 12 points from Baker and 11 from Douglas.