Glen Rose High School girls head basketball coach Ramsey Ghazal was honored for posting the 500th career victory Tuesday night following a 66-22 blowout over the Godley Lady Wildcats in Tiger Arena, but the team must quickly turn its attention to the upcoming playoffs.
Ghazal announced that the sixth-ranked, District 7-4A champion Lady Tigers (27-6) will take on Krum in their bi-district (first) round playoff game, at 6 p.m. on Monday in UT-Arlington’s College Park Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students for all three games (go online to http://Utatickets.com). Krum, 15-12 overall, is coming out of District 8-4A with a 3-5 mark as the fourth-place team.
It will be part of a triple header involving three of the four playoff teams out of Glen Rose’s District 7-4A alignment. The first game will be at 4 p.m. between Godley and Argyle. The third game of the night will be Stephenville versus Bridgeport, at 8 p.m.
The Lady Tigers finished 8-0 in district in what was their regular-season finale against Godley Tuesday night in Tiger Arena.
“Obviously, this was the best game we’ve played this season,” Ghazal said of the dominant win over a playoff-bound team like Godley, which recently defeated state-ranked Stephenville, and is 10-16 overall. “We clicked as much as we have all season. It was a complete team win — a really balanced effort. It’s important to be playing well this time of year. We’ve got to continue that momentum.
Ghazal, who is in his 18th season as a high school head coach, reached win No. 500 just three days after his 45th birthday. This is his fourth season coaching the Lady Tigers, following six years at Wichita Falls Rider and four at Olney.
“I’ve been really blessed with a lot of great teams,” said Ghazal, whose overall career record is 500-98. “I’ve been blessed with a lot of hard-working kids who were talented and put the time in. (And) all our great assistant coaches mean a lot to our program.”
The game was also special because it was Senior Night, honoring the final home game for the Lady Tigers’ three seniors — Kora Dodson, Hailey Ibarra and Bree Baker.
“For our seniors, this was win No. 120,” Ghazal noted. “That says a lot about those three seniors.”
Every Glen Rose player scored in the balanced scoring onslaught against Godley. Baker led the way with 12 points and Jeana Douglas added 10. Next was Hazel Hawkins and Lindsay Andress with nine. Also, Hannah Cantwell and Alexis Mims scored five apiece, followed by Abby Stephenson, Ibarra and Dodson with four each and Addison Nance and Zadey Mills with two apiece.
Their defensive performance was even more dominant, taking a 15-6 lead in the opening quarter, then holding Godley to just three points in the second quarter for a 34-9 halftime advantage. The Lady Tigers gave up nine points in the third and just four in the final quarter, giving them a 34-12 scoring margin after halftime.