The schedule has been difficult for Tiger basketball lately, as wins prove tough to come by.

Glen Rose (9-7) hung tough most of the way Dec. 31 in Decatur against the state’s No. 16 3A squad, but a big finish by the home team led to a lopsided 64-34 result.

“Decatur is No. 16 in the state in 3A and they have a very talented team,” said coach Wayne Roberts. “They beat us by 30, but it was a 12-point game in the fourth quarter. Then we didn’t take care of the ball and it snowballed on us to give them a lot of easy baskets.”

While the other quarters were decided by seven points or less, Decatur took the fourth 20-6.

Jeffrey Harris led Glen Rose with 14 points, while Peyton Lytle added five.

Two games earlier, the Tigers lost to state-ranked Tatum.

“Our schedule is a bit tougher right now, but it’s also the time of the season when you want to be cutting down on mistakes and headed in the other direction,” Roberts said. “You have to play opponents that let you really know where you stand. We rose to the challenge in our tournament, but the difference is now we’re making a lot more mistakes. I think a big key is we need some leadership out there on the court and right now we’re not getting any.”

The Tigers return to the court Friday, Jan. 3 in a home game against Lake Worth at 4:30 p.m. Subvarsity play begins at 1:30 p.m.

“We have two very important games before district starts,” Roberts said. “I look forward to getting back to our regular practice routine and hopefully we can get things back on track. It’s going to take focus and mental toughness.”