The Freshman Lady Tigers were hungry for success on Tuesday, and host China Spring wasn’t able stop them.
The first three quarters made for a seesaw game as Glen Rose won the first and third convincingly like China Spring did in the second, but in the end the Lady Tigers did enough for a 32-25 win.
“Most of our games have big momentum swings like this one,” said coach Carrie Lytle. “It’s been a while since we’ve won, so I don’t think the girls cared who we were playing. They just wanted to end up on the right side of the scoreboard.”
Page Green had an outstanding game for Glen Rose with 17 points. Other scorers included Bailey Brown (6), Hailey Allen (3), Dakotah Ponce (2), Hannah Morales (2) and Sabrina Watson (2).
Glen Rose started fast to win the first quarter 10-4, as Green immediately made an impact with eight points and four steals. Two of her baskets came off of steals, while the other two resulted from offensive rebounds. The Lady Tigers had a bevy of steals in the frame, as Watson also had three.
“Page and Sabrina really like to hustle and they’re very competitive,” Lytle said. “Page expresses herself through her actions, so she likes to get out there and go after the ball.”
Ponce had two of her three blocks in the opening quarter.
“Dakotah got in front of their players up in their face with her hands up to prevent them from getting shots off,” Lytle said. “That’s what we all need to be doing.”
China Spring managed to flip the script in the second quarter to win it 13-5, as the hosts were the ones scoring in transition off of steals.
“We were kind of struggling with our press break and weren’t sure where to be at the right time,” Lytle said. “It’s just a matter of learning where we’re supposed to be.”
All of the Lady Tiger points came late in the quarter, including a long Brown jumper and then Green stole the ball and assisted Morales on a layup.
“Bailey did a good job to hit that shot,” Lytle said.
Glen Rose wasn’t rebounding particularly well, but Watson was doing a nice job in that department.
“I noticed that Sabrina was doing a good job of blocking out and getting in the correct (rebounding) position,” Lytle said. “The rest of the girls need to find someone to block out so they can get (more) rebounds.”
Green and Brown both thrived in transition, as Glen Rose blew the game open with a 15-4 third quarter. Allen also stole the ball and scored on the fast break, while Watson hit a short jumper and Green banked in a three-pointer.
“Page has shown a really good touch with the ball the last few days,” the coach said. “She’s making a lot of shots and it’s clicking for her. It’s good to see our fundamentals being effective on those layups.”
Although Glen Rose lost the fourth quarter 4-2 with the lone bucket being a long Green jumper, Lady Tigers continued to pile up steals and keep China Spring from going on a run. Green, Allen and Brown all had two steals in the frame.
“We tried to get in the right spots at the right time so we could intercept those bad passes and take advantage of their mistakes,” Lytle said. “Lynlee (Busch) returned from an injury and got some playing time, which was good.”
The Freshman Lady Tigers will be back in action on Friday in Bridgeport at 5 p.m.