After taking a break for the Christmas holiday, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers were back on the court last week when they traveled to Bryan for an annual Christmas tournament.
Head coach Sheree Hill was given a pair of late presents as the Lady Tigers won two out of four at the tournament, including a surprising win over a ranked 2A squad.
“This was an excellent tournament for us,” said Hill. “We were in all four games we played. We came to this tournament with the purpose of coming together as a team and getting better. We did that.”
Hill’s squad opened the tournament against John Paul II (Plano), the No. 5 team from the large, private school division.
In a valiant effort, Glen Rose pulled to within four midway through the final frame, but ultimately couldn’t keep JP off the charity stripe and was sent to the consolation bracket after a 54-40 loss.
“It was a lot closer game than the score indicated,” said Hill.
Kaitlin West cracked double figures with 10 points while also grabbing three boards and four steals.
Freshman Reilly Junge added nine points and four boards. Catelyn Klipfel and Anjelica Lisauckis also provided a spark with seven and six points respectively.
Glen Rose responded to the loss with a 60-48 win against Trinity.
Junge led the way with 12 points, seven boards, seven assists and five steals.
Lisauckis reeled off 11 points while West tallied eight points, four boards and four steals.
In the consolation semifinals, a pair of surprising efforts led Glen Rose to a 45-36 stunning of state-ranked 2A power Snook.
“(Snook) had two girls over six feet tall,” said Hill. “I was very pleased with the efforts we got from Kaitlin (West) and Anjelica (Lisauckis).”
The West-Lisauckis combination grabbed 24 rebounds against their 6-0 counterparts.
West grabbed 14 boards to complement her 13 points and five steals while Lisauckis’ grabbed 10 and scored two.
Junge had 11 points and four boards and Destiny Ponce had a season-best eight off the bench.
New Waverly was the final foe and the only thing standing between Glen Rose and a consolation championship.
Unfortuantely, New Waverly was just too much for the Lady Tigers, who fell 51-41 in the tourney finale.
Lisauckis (9), Junge (8) and West (6) were the top scorers in the final game.
“Kaitlin (West) really turned the corner (in this tournament),” said Hill. “She’s close to being back to where she was at the end of district last season.”
West missed several games early this season due to injuries.
“Also, Anna D’Angelo is back from injury and Reilly Junge is doing good things,” Hill continued.
Glen Rose visited Dublin in its final pre-district tuneup on Tuesday and returns home Friday to open District 7-3A action against West at 8 p.m.