The JV Lady Tigers didn’t mess around on defense Friday night, and that meant success in the team’s district opener.
Glen Rose never allowed Venus to reach double digits in a quarter during a 34-23 win.
“I thought our defense was very good, especially in our press,” said coach Robbie Gibson.
Top scorers included Kimberlee McCullough (8), Cheyenne Van Winkle (6) and Kalli Crabtree (6).
“Kimberlee was really strong inside,” Gibson said. “This was one of her best rebounding games, and she did a good job of getting her feet under her.”
Other scorers were Brenna Ibarra (4), Jennifer Herrera (4), Sydney Stegint (4), Mary McPherson (2) and Nicole Rogers (2).
While Glen Rose jumped out to a 9-3 lead with McCullough scoring twice inside – including a successful and-one play, Venus struck back to tie it up at 9-9. Venus only seemed to have success stemming from offensive rebounds.
As the Lady Tigers took control with an 11-4 second quarter, the diminutive Herrera scored on a putback and then Ibarra produced four quick points on layups.
“Jennifer probably plays better defense than anybody out there,” Gibson said. “She gets in good rebounding position and is a smart player.”
Late in the half, Ibarra assisted Stegint on an inbounds layup and then Stegint made two free throws after an offensive board.
“Sydney battled on the boards all night and did a good job,” the coach said.
Early in the third quarter, Glen Rose made four free throws to give the team a 10-11 clip up to that point. Van Winkle led the way at 4-4.
“We worked on free throws (Friday) and I think they had that in their heads before we came up here,” Gibson said. “Cheyenne is working hard on her free throws and her shot in general.”
McCullough got a putback to go, as each team scored six in the quarter.
Early in a fourth quarter Glen Rose won 8-4, Kalli Crabtree drove to the hoop and Lexi Crabtree followed McCullough’s second block of the half with two steals.
“Kalli and Lexi did well,” Gibson said. “I like watching them in there together; they compliment each other.”
Ibarra was busy down the stretch, assisting Herrera and Rogers on layups while making two steals as well.
“Brenna did really well on our press to steal some passes,” Gibson said. “Nicole played a new position and did pretty well.”
The Lady Tigers will host Hillsboro on Tuesday.
“We had a few too many turnovers and that would be the negative in this game, but I’m very pleased with how we started district play,” Gibson said.