The Glen Rose Lady Tigers welcomed back several players to the lineup on Friday night, which was bad news for host Bridgeport.
Glen Rose (12-3) rode a great third quarter (23-15) to deliver a 63-49 win.
“We went in spurts in this game,” said coach Sheree Hill. “We’d build a lead, they’d catch up, and so on. If we’d played really well and made free throws, we’d have won big. Bridgeport is very quick though.
“We weren’t pressuring the ball like I wanted and did some silly things defensively, but to go in there, play all of our players and get a win was good. It was a long road trip and we dealt with that alright.”
In the team’s Tuesday game, Reilly Junge, Kiffany Kelly, Kate Goen and Ashlan Bernard all missed time due to injury. Fortunately, things look better in that regard moving forward.
“Reilly will have her minutes limited, but she’s able to play,” Hill said. “She knows I want her to play smart so she doesn’t injure herself further. Kiffany will be out for the near future.
“Kate was back for the first time in a while and got a little playing time without practicing. Ashlan played quite a few minutes.”
Junge was very productive on a per-minute basis, leading the team with 15 points.
“Reilly played half the time, if that much,” Hill said. “She’d set things up and we’d get ahead, I’d pull her out to rest her and they’d catch up again. She played great.”
It was a productive night for many, as Kayla Goebel (13), Destiny Ponce (13) and Kelsey Potter (12) also scored in double figures.
“We spread out the scoring and a lot of players did a nice job,” the coach said.
Other scorers included Shelby Rotan (5), Madi Gibson (4) and Goen (1).
In a foul fest, Glen Rose shot 41 free throws and Bridgeport attempted 30.
“I’m not happy with our free throws; we’ve got to improve,” Hill said. “It’s been a real problem for a while now.”
Glen Rose won the first quarter 14-11.
“Early on, when we pressed we got steals and converted,” Hill said.
Glen Rose won the second quarter 13-12 and then had the big third quarter to go up by 12.
“In the third, we finally ran a little offense, got some offensive rebounds and that’s where we got a lead,” Hill said. “We executed. The rest of the time we were shooting free throws or throwing the ball away against their press.”
The Lady Tigers now have a rare Monday contest, as they head to Ft. Worth Castleberry for a 7:30 p.m. affair.
“We’re playing on Monday because it’s finals week,” Hill said. “We’ll have some short practices and then play Hico on Friday.”