Against a Stephenville team that thrives in the open court, Glen Rose was in big trouble when it didn’t protect the basketball on Friday night.
The Tigers (11-11, 0-1) committed 30 turnovers in a 71-30 loss in Stephenville against a Yellow Jacket team that stands No. 8 in the TABC 3A rankings. They continue to be without the services of top scorer Ben Coppock due to injury.
“We knew they were talented, but we have to do the things that give us a better chance to win,” said coach Wayne Roberts. “We weren’t patient in our passing, which led to all the turnovers.”
If there was a bright spot for the Tigers, it was the play of senior Marquis Holder. After scoring a career-high 18 points in Graham on Tuesday, Holder accounted for nearly half of his team’s points in Stephenville with 13.
“Marquis is an asset; we just have to get more depth back,” Roberts said of the team’s recent injury and illness issues. “We had some guys having to play too many minutes.”
Roberts said it was good to see Cody Burtscher return from illness, as he played sparingly after missing school most of the week. Jeffery Harris was also able to return for a few minutes after missing recent games.
Other Tiger scorers included Colton Bretton (7), Curry Mapes (5), Taylor Hansen (3) and Burtscher (2).
Stephenville won the first quarter 18-7 and never looked back. Although they didn’t make all the ensuing free throws, the Yellow Jackets were able to make three baskets in the frame while being fouled.
Most of the host points were coming off of steals and fast-break buckets.
“We couldn’t take away the layup,” Roberts said.
Mapes hit a wing three in the first, while Hayden Bach made some headway defensively with two steals and a block.
The second quarter was nearly a carbon copy on the scoreboard, as Stephenville won 19-7. Bach inbounds passes led to buckets for Marquis Holder and Burtscher, while Bach also assisted Holder on a wing three.
The Yellow Jackets peaked in a third quarter they won 23-9. Stephenville made five threes in the quarter and nine in the game. The highlight for Glen Rose was a wing three from Hansen.
With the contest long since decided, Stephenville won the fourth quarter 11-7. Holder continued to score with his late hoops coming in the paint.
With their toughest challenge of the first district round in the books, the Tigers will try to bounce back on Friday when they host Alvarado at 8 p.m.