Tiger basketball took the court for its final home game on Monday night, and Hillsboro had the unfortunate task of trying to prevent one more Glen Rose victory.
Glen Rose (16-13, 5-3) shook off an uninspired first quarter to win the middle quarters 36-13 and put the 55-31 contest on ice.
"We weren't happy with the first half and we've started slow the last three games - we can't do that," said coach Wayne Roberts. "The guys asserted themselves in the third quarter and the game was over. We have to play like we're capable of for four quarters."
Roberts emptied the bench, as 11 different players scored. Top contributors were Colton Bretton (11 PT, 8 RB, AST, BLK), Ben Coppock (8 PT, 5 RB, AST, 4 STL) and Curry Mapes (7 PT, RB, STL). Other scorers were Cody Burtscher (6 PT, 4 RB, 4 AST, 3 STL, BLK), Hayden Bach (5 PT, 4 RB, 4 AST, STL), Stetson Overton (4 PT, 4 RB), Jeffrey Harris (4 PT, 3 RB, STL), Justin Pieper (4 PT), Marquis Holder (3 PT, 2 RB, AST), Blake Kramer (2 PT) and Taylor Hansen (1 PT).
Although Bretton got off to a solid start with four points in the first, the Tigers only went up 8-6. The Tigers didnít shoot well early or get many offensive boards.
Glen Rose kicked it up a notch in a 17-6 second quarter. Bretton stepped up his rebounding with four in the quarter to help him score six points. Marquis Holder and Mapes each drained threes, while Coppock led the charge in steals to help Glen Rose get out in transition.
"We have to create turnovers to get in transition," Roberts said. "When our wing players were in the right position, we excelled. That's what we do best. Cody and Hayden (Bach) play good perimeter defense, Ben can cover ground on the wing, Jeffrey has gotten better defensively and Colton is solid inside. We have to keep the defensive intensity up."
The Tigers were even better in a 19-7 third quarter. Coppock was the Tiger to grab four rebounds in this frame, while both he and Bach completed and-one plays. Glen Rose showed it can be a good free throw shooting team, as it made 9-10 at the line in the quarter.
"We got the easy buckets there and managed to finish the play for and-ones; those are big," Roberts said. "Sometimes we can look horrible at (the free throw line), but then we'll step up to the line without thinking about it and make them."
Hillsboro did win the fourth quarter 12-11, but more importantly a number of Tiger subs saw substantial action. Pieper made his second layup of the night, while Kramer hit both of his free throws late. Austin Gibson saw his first action of the season in his return from a broken leg.
"Austin is a great young man and it was good to see him out there," Roberts said. "I hope he gets another chance, because that means things are going good for us. Blake has been in the program all four years and he's a great young man to be around; it was good to see him make those. Pieper did what he was supposed to do and took advantage of the opportunities."
The Tigers will buckle down on the practice court as they prepare for the playoffs next week.
"We want to play four quarters like we played the third so we can extend our season," Roberts said. "You have to leave it all out there on the floor."