Through good games and bad, the Freshman Lady Tigers haven’t played many close games this season.
Glen Rose certainly had a nail-biter on Friday, however, as it edged Whitney 32-29 for its fourth victory in the last five games.
“It shouldn’t have been as close as it was,” said coach Carrie Lytle. “We looked lost at times early in the game.”
Glen Rose actually emerged from the first quarter in good shape up 11-4, but it lost the second quarter 8-7. After the Lady Tigers built an 11-point lead with an 8-3 third quarter, Whitney controlled the fourth quarter 14-6 to make things interesting.
“(Whitney) came out still wanting to play (in the fourth) and we were being a little lackadaisical about things,” Lytle said.
Brynna Taylor led the way with eight points, including four in the first quarter.
“Brynna did a better job as the game went of keeping the ball up high on offensive rebounds and going back up with it,” Lytle said.
Megan Bretton scored all seven of her points in the first half, including a three-pointer in the first.
“Megan makes a lot of long jumpers that are close to threes, but for any of my freshmen it’s nice when they hit a three,” the coach said. “We sure work on it.”
Bailey Brown and Page Green each scored six points.
“Bailey is doing a better job of looking up the court to pass the ball and staying in the game mentally,” Lytle said. “Page is always very aggressive and hustling; she just likes to play ball.”
The team also got scoring from Dakotah Ponce (2), Kensy Massey (2) and Hannah Morales (1). Glen Rose will conclude its season in Alvarado on Tuesday.
“I would like to see the girls let loose and play basketball on Tuesday,” Lytle said. “Sometimes they tend to be like robots running plays; I want them to have fun.”
Whitney tops JV Lady Tigers
The JV Lady Tigers lost their matchup with Whitney 28-20. While Glen Rose won the second and third quarters and narrowly lost the fourth, it was in an 11-1 hole after one quarter of play.
“We started off in the press and they were a lot quicker than we were to beat us down the court and build that lead,” Lytle said.
Bailey Barrios led Glen Rose with six points.
“We’re excited to have had Bailey join the team,” Lytle said of a player who came aboard in January. “She does a great job of pushing the ball down the court when we need her to.”
Other scorers were Kimberlee McCullough (4), Amber Ponce (4), Cheyenne Van Winkle (3), Kalli Crabtree (2) and Sydney Stegint (1).
After trailing 17-8 at halftime, the JV Lady Tigers won the third 8-5.
“The girls were in there fighting to get back in the game and doing the best they could,” Lytle said.
Whitney was stuck on 22 points for a long time late in the third and then early in the fourth quarter before finally pulling away.
“Bailey was doing a good job of playing defense on their top scorer at that point, which helped us slow them down,” the coach said.