After a tough afternoon loss in their Jurassic Classic, the JV Lady Tigers (2-2) managed to win a defensive battle on Thursday night.
Glen Rose lost to 5A Midlothian 46-11 in the early contest. Jennifer Herrera led the way with three points.
“Midlothian was a really good team,” said coach Robbie Gibson. “The girls have to be mentally tough in games like that; they have to want it more than their opponent wants it.”
A few hours later, the Lady Tigers took the court against Tolar and emerged with a 17-14 victory. Scorers included Sydney Stegint (4), Madison Morrow (3), Olivia Banz (2), Lexi Crabtree (2), Amber Ponce (2), Kimberlee McCullough (2), Cheyenne Van Winkle (1) and Kalli Crabtree (1).
Glen Rose led 4-1 after the first quarter, as Kalli Crabtree drove into the lane and dished off to Stegint for a layup. A Banz putback accounted for the other basket.
“We need more drive-and-dish plays from our guards,” the coach said.
Tolar came back and won the second quarter for a 6-6 halftime score. The Lady Tigers had trouble with turnovers throughout the half just as Tolar did, and Glen Rose also wasn’t grabbing enough offensive rebounds. Mary McPherson drove toward the hoop and passed off to Stegint for a layup.
“We weren’t blocking out enough; that’s something they have to work on,” Gibson said. “We have to want the ball defensively.”
Glen Rose came out in the third quarter and picked up its play to win the frame 8-2. Ponce was able to knock down a pair of free throws after being fouled and then Morrow drilled a midrange jumper after a steal.
“Amber has a nice touch on her shots,” Gibson said. “Madison did a nice job of attacking there. She got the steal and went to the hole. With her height we have an advantage, so we need her on the floor often.”
Late in the quarter, McCullough took a Banz pass and scored inside. At the defensive end, McPherson was constantly pressuring the ball.
“Mary gives a consistent effort on defense for us,” Gibson said.
Tolar had a chance to come all the way back in the fourth quarter, but it went 0-7 from the charity stripe. It still won the quarter 6-3.
“We were fortunate Tolar couldn’t get going from the line,” Gibson said.
With Tolar down only one in the closing moments, Lexi Crabtree sped down the court and converted a layup with 20 seconds remaining to finalize the score.
“I thought that was a nice full-court drive,” Gibson said. “She took care of the ball and knew where she was going.”
The JV Lady Tigers return to tourney action on Saturday with an 8 a.m. contest against Fort Worth Christian.
“We have to bring more intensity and anticipation on defense and block out better,” Gibson said.