Friday’s JV matchup between Glen Rose and Hico looked like a mismatch, and it certainly played out that way.
Glen Rose (5-1) led 25-1 early in the second quarter and cruised to a 55-18 victory, as 11 players scored.
“I saw in the pregame that it was a mismatch,” coach Erik Hartman said. “Our guys responded well and played to their ability to put (Hico) out of the game quick.”
Primary scorers were Jayden Reynolds (14), Carter Garrison (8) and Chance Nabours (6). Other scorers were Trey Yocham (5), Peyton Lytle (4), Jayton Dillard (4), Brett Taylor (4), Sam Strother (4), Colton Lane (2), Wayne McFadin (2) and Derek Kramer (2).
As Glen Rose immediately began to take control, Reynolds scored four of his team’s first six points and it wasn’t long before Nabours drained a three. After a Strother block, Lytle grabbed his second steal of the early going and scored in transition for a 14-0 lead.
“We’re relying on Chance and Peyton heavily,” Hartman said. “They knew they probably wouldn’t play long, so they did as much as they could in the time they had. Peyton is real athletic and he can make those steals to do some great things on defense.”
Late in the quarter, Yocham drilled a wing three and then made a baseline jumper.
“Shooting from the wing is Trey’s perfect spot,” the coach said. “It’s where he loves to shoot.”
Dillard grabbed an offensive rebound and made a midrange jumper for a 21-1 lead after one.
“Jayton returned after missing some time due to illness and he got some good time in,” Hartman said.
As Glen Rose won the second quarter 16-3 for a 37-4 halftime lead, Reynolds erupted for 10 points with nearly all of them coming in the paint. Strother and Lane made jumpers, while Nabours stole the ball and scored in transition.
“Jayden and I have talked about his role,” Hartman said. “He’s real good at knowing where the ball is coming off for rebounds, which sets him up for plenty of putbacks.”
McFadin had two steals in the quarter.
“Wayne is good at anticipating where the ball is going to be and making a play on it,” Hartman said. “He has a good burst of quickness.”
In a 14-7 third quarter, Garrison took over with eight points – including a driving runner. Lytle opened the third with a layup and Kramer ended it with one as well.
“Carter’s height helped him get some rebounds and putbacks,” Hartman said. “He really put up some points quickly.”
Hico won the fourth quarter 7-4, as Taylor and Dillard scored the final points for the JV Tigers.
The JV Lady Tigers lost to Hico 31-25. Top scorers for Glen Rose were Lexi Crabtree (6), Amber Ponce (5), and Sydney Stegint (4).