With injuries piling up the Lady Tigers suffered their first two losses of the season on Friday, but Glen Rose (11-2) got back on track Saturday to conclude play in its Luminant/Glen Rose Lions Club Tournament.
The Lady Tigers relied on tough defense to defeat Fort Worth Christian 41-30.
“Fort Worth Christian was a bigger team than us, but they were also tired like we were,” said coach Sheree Hill.
Destiny Ponce (11 points) and Kelsey Potter (8) led the offense. Other scorers were Ashlan Bernard (7), Madi Gibson (5), Reilly Junge (4), Kayla Goebel (3) and Shelby Rotan (2).
Fort Worth Christian won the first quarter 7-4.
“Reilly tried to play, but her knee was hurting her and we had to sit her down,” Hill said, as Junge scored all of her points in the fourth quarter. “With Kiffany (Kelly) out injured, we were a little out of sorts and that contributed to our slow start.”
The Lady Tigers won the second quarter 12-6.
“We settled down in the second quarter,” Hill said. “Ashlan ran the point and did a good job. She hit shots, and we were counting on her.
“We only had one sub (for most of the game), so I’d sit one at a time and rotate them around. We had to get energized on defense and in the second quarter we came to life.”
The Lady Tigers took the third quarter 14-7 and each team scored 10 in the fourth.
“We didn’t press as much; we just went down in the paint, manned up and tried to contain them,” Hill said.
Bernard, Ponce and Gibson each hit a three-pointer in the win.
“Destiny had to work hard around the basket, as she always does,” Hill said. “Considering that she’s always guarding someone bigger on defense – it takes a lot of energy. She was consistent throughout the game and did an excellent job. Destiny got an open look and the team enjoyed seeing her hit that three; she has some range.
“Madi made a three on a pretty shot from the corner after a kick-out. She also did a good job of focusing to make her free throws (2-2).”
Potter managed to get seven free throw attempts in the win.
“Kelsey went slicing through in the paint and made (Fort Worth) foul her,” Hill said. “She is getting better on her free throws.”
The Lady Tigers will now travel to China Spring for an 8 p.m. game on Tuesday.
“We’re going into the China Spring game not knowing who we’ll have available,” Hill said. “We’ll have a lot of preparation on Monday to get ready for different situations, depending on who might not play. We’re much more successful when we can press, but we don’t have the numbers right now.”