GLEN ROSE — Five minutes into Friday night’s district opener against Brownwood, it appeared the No. 6 Glen Rose Lady Tigers could suffer the same fate as they did at this time of the year one season ago.
Brownwood upset the Lady Tigers last year, and this year, the Lady Lions hit three of their first four 3-point attempts and led 12-2, but the Lady Tigers didn’t push the panic button.
“They came out really hot in the first quarter making some tough shots,” Glen Rose girls basketball coach Ramsey Ghazal said. “I thought we were playing pretty good defense, so we just stayed the course with our defensive game plan.”
Despite trailing early, the Lady Tigers limited the Lady Lions to just 13 points for the remainder of the game in posting a 38-25 victory at Tiger Arena.
“We held them to zero field goals made the entire second half, so I was very proud of our defensive effort,” Ghazal said.
With the win, the Lady Tigers snap the Lady Lions’ six-game winning streak while improving to 20-6 overall and 1-0 in league play. Glen Rose will travel to Stephenville on Tuesday for a big meeting with the No. 20 Honeybees to conclude a stretch where the Lady Tigers have played six ranked teams in seven games.
The Lady Tigers cut the deficit for five by the end of the first quarter at 15-10, but Jeana Douglas, Abby Stephenson and Hailey Ibarra fueled a 5-0 run to open the quarter to tie the game at 15-15 with 6:12 left in the half.
The Lady Lions retook the lead and held it until Ibarra completed a three-point play with one minute left in the half to give the Lady Tigers their first lead of the game at 21-20 at the half.
Breanna Baker scored the first four points of the third quarter to up the lead to 25-20, and Hazel Hawkins scored the last three of the quarter to increase the lead to 29-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
“Hazel Hawkins was a huge spark for us offensively last night. She was the difference,” Ghazal said. “We have several girls who have the potential to be spark plugs for us on offense. When we have two or three girls knocking down the open 3-pointer, we can be really tough to beat.”
Hawkins finished with a team-high 11 points, while Baker added nine, and Ibarra and Douglas added seven points each.