Glen Rose coaches decided to use two freshman teams in this week’s Jurassic Classic, and the Freshman Red Lady Tigers got off to a tremendous start on Thursday afternoon.
Team Red dominated three of the quarters to roll over Fort Worth Castleberry 34-11. The game was over at halftime with Glen Rose up 20-2.
“The girls did a great job of executing our game plan,” said coach Carrie Lytle. “Our starting five busted their tails hustling and then when they got tired I brought a fresh five in so we could stay on them (defensively) the whole time.”
Scorers for the Lady Tigers included Destenie Lewis (11), Hannah Morales (5), Sabrina Watson (5), Bailey Brown (4), Dakotah Ponce (3), Ashlyn Reynolds (2), Page Green (2) and Hailey Allen (2).
As Team Red powered its way to a 13-2 lead, Lewis and Morales got off to fast starts with four points each. Five Lady Tigers scored in the first, which didn’t allow Castleberry to throw the kitchen sink at one person defensively.
In the second quarter, Team Red got even better defensively to win the frame 7-0. Watson was sharp with a layup and then a midrange jumper, as both baskets were assisted by Lewis.
“Sabrina doesn’t hesitate to get in there and battle for the ball,” Lytle said. “She does a great job rebounding; I just want her to work on dribbling out of trouble.”
While Lewis scored on a putback for Glen Rose in the quarter, Castleberry nearly always seemed to be limited to one shot because of quality Team Red rebounding. Glen Rose also always managed to get back on defense to prevent uncontested shots.
“We have a good group of hustlers on this team,” Lytle said. “I never have any doubts we’ll stay after it.”
In the third, Team Red picked its offense back up to win the quarter 12-4. Lewis’ offensive rebounding was a big problem for Castleberry, as she scored on consecutive putbacks and also got to the free throw line numerous times.
“Destenie isn’t afraid to lay out for the ball; she’s on the ground every time we turn around,” Lytle said. “I love her effort; I just need her to stay on her feet. Dakotah also did a good job of aggressively rebounding.”
Late in the third, Ponce scored inside off a Megan Bretton assist to put Glen Rose up by 25.
Although Glen Rose didn’t do much offensively in the fourth with the victory already in hand, Brown was able to focus in and knock down her last two free throws to finalize the score.
“Bailey did a great job on her free throws,” Lytle said. “She also showed some toughness after it looked like she was hurting from a fall. I’m very pleased with the girls so far.”
Team Red did lose its Thursday evening contest to Brownwood by eight. Team Red will be back in tournament action on Saturday against West at 10:20 a.m.
Castleberry tops Team White
Earlier on Thursday, Castleberry beat the Freshman White Lady Tigers 44-24. Top scorers were Madison Wooten (9), McKenzie Morrison (8), Kensy Massey (4) and Stephanie Saldana (2).
“McKenzie and Madison are my backup point guards (on our full freshman team),” Lytle said. “They do a great job of hustling, but we need to work on getting our heads up and seeing the court.”
Team White will resume tournament play on Saturday at 9 a.m. against Meridian.