Over two games the Glen Rose Lady Tigers held a lead in six straight quarters, but it was the last two quarters that would be the difference between a 2-1 District 7-3A record or 1-2.
After falling to West at the buzzer to begin District 7-3A play, Glen Rose hosted Whitney on Tuesday and bounced back with a 52-38 defeat of the Wildcats.
“It shows what great character these girls have,” said Glen Rose head coach Sherre Hill of her team’s ability to bounce back after a tough loss. “We talked after that West game about not getting down on ourselves. We played a good game and I could not be more proud of these girls.”
Glen Rose jumped on top early by taking a 15-7 lead, but Whitney drained a buzzer beating jumper to inch closer heading into the second quarter.
Whitney scored right off the bat to make it a 15-11 contest early in the second, but Glen Rose would not be denied.
The Lady Tigers pulled off a 13-0 run to pad their lead.
Whitney tacked on a free throw with one minute left, and once again Whitney got a friendly roll at the buzzer to bring the score to 33-16 at halftime.
Glen Rose came out of the break and was welcomed by a third quarter to forget.
Angelica Lisauckis and Caitlyn Spurgeon started the scoring in the period, but then Glen Rose would not score again until a Kaitlin West free throw with four seconds left.
Whitney made it a game by outscoring the Lady Tigers 12-5 in the third frame.
The Lady Tigers would hold off the Wildcats in the fourth with the help of two three-point baskets from Lisauckis, who posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
“Angelica is a great shooter and a good rebounder, and I’m gonna stay on her tail,” said Hill. “She had a good game and we need that performance all the time.”
West also cracked double figures with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Racia Ratliff added nine points and six boards.
On Friday, Glen Rose traveled to “the Ville” to match-up with the Gatesville Hornets, who came into the game with a 2-0 district record.
Glen Rose got the best of the Lady Hornets for two quarters, but could not hold onto the lead and fell, 53-36.
Gatesville jumped out to a 6-0 lead from the get-go, with Glen Rose missing on its first four shot attempts.
Two Spurgeon buckets and a Brielle Nicholson free throw, however, allowed Glen Rose to get back into it at 8-5.
The Lady Tigers would then use a 5-2 run at the start of the second to tie the game at 10-10.
Gatesville would regain a slim lead at 19-18, but with 2:15 left to play, Ratliff stood her ground and took a charge to set up a Lisauckis bomb from beyond the arc for a 21-19 lead.
Lisauckis would score one more time to give Glen Rose a 23-19 lead at halftime.
The wheels fell off for Glen Rose in the second half.
Gatesville started the third quarter on a 7-0 run to regain the lead for good at 26-23.
Fould trouble haunted the Lady Tigers as Ratliff and Kaycie Brown were on the bench with four fouls in the third.
Gatesville outscored the Lady Tigers 21-10 in the quarter to lead 40-33.
“This team has to learn, that when a team makes a run at you, you have to make a run back,” said Hill.
Glen Rose didn’t sink a single shot from the field in the fourth quarter and only went 3-11 from the free throw line.
“It started with us getting into foul trouble in the first half,” said Hill. “Fouls and a lack of execution affected us down the stretch. You have to execute on offense. We made poor decisions, turned the ball over too much and we put them on the free throw line too much in the second half.”
Ratliff connected on two from the charity stripe, and Nicholson hit one to supply all of the Glen Rose scoring in the final frame.
Lisauckis would finish with her second double-double of the week with 13 points and 13 boards.
West racked up seven points while Ratliff and Spurgeon each tallied six.
Dorra Ibarra and Nicholson each managed two points to round out the Lady Tiger offense.
Glen Rose visited China Spring on Tuesday and entertains on Hillsboro at 6:30 p.m. Friday night.