After following a three-game winning streak with a pair of losses last week, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers (12-17, 4-5) found themselves in need of a win on Tuesday in the season finale against Hillsboro to have a chance at the postseason.
West went 1-1 last week with a win over Hillsboro and a loss to Gatesville and currently sit tied with the Lady Tigers entering its Tuesday night contest against Whitney.
A win by both teams would lead to a one-game, win-or-go-home playoff in Alvarado at 6 p.m. Saturday. Visit theglenrosereporter.com on the Web today for final details.
Gatesville 53, Glen Rose 35
When Gatesville came to Glen Rose earlier in the season, Hill said it was one of the worst performances by her team all season.
When the Lady Tigers went to the Hornets’ nest on Tuesday, they were right in the middle of things until a poor effort from the floor in the third quarter allowed Gatesville to pull away.
“We were only down by two at halftime (at 25-23),” said Hill. “In that third quarter, we just couldn’t buy a basket. We went 1-8 from the field in the quarter and ended up trailing 40-25 after the third. That was the deciding factor.”
Catelyn Klipfel led the Lady Tigers with nine points - a trio of 3-point bombs in the first quarter - and nine rebounds. She also had three steals in the contest.
“That was the best game (Klipfel’s) ever had,” said Hill. “She’s battled so many injuries over her career. It was by far her best game.”
Reilly Junge, Kaitlin West and Anjelica Lisauckis each added six points. Lisauckis also had six rebounds in the losing effort.
Kiffany Kelly (3), Lindsay Floyd (3) and Shelby Rotan (2) also cracked the scoring book for the Lady Tigers.
“They beat us by 10 more points than this the last time,” said Hill. “So we’ve definitely improved. We just have to learn to put the ball in the hole. We stayed right there with them all night. We played well against their press. Defensively, we doubled down on their big girls well. It’s just a matter of getting the ball in the hole.”
China Spring 56, Glen Rose 48
It just wasn’t meant to be.
After dropping a heartbreaker at home earlier this season, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers couldn’t complete the comeback attempt against the China Spring Lady Cougars Friday.
The two teams started with a pair of 14-9 quarters over the first half to give China Spring a 28-18 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, Kaitlin West came to play and got the Lady Tigers right back into the game at 39-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
“Kaitlin came alive in the second half,” said Hill. “In the first half she was quiet but in that second half she started scoring, getting to the free throw line and playing good defense against their big girl.”
West finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards.
China Spring isn’t the second place team in the district for no reason, however, as the Lady Cougars went on to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Reilly Junge had 21 points and eight steals in the losing effort for Glen Rose.
“Reilly played consistent for us,” said Hill. “She did a good job of getting to the hole and getting to the line. We just need a couple more players to step up and start scoring. We played great defensively, we just need more offense.”
Floyd finished with six points and seven rebounds while Lisauckis grabbed six boards and netted three points.
Teryl Dunn (2), Destiny Ponce (2) and Taylor Rhodes (1) rounded out the scoring for Glen Rose.