Somewhere between evacuating the floor and the end of the tornado break on Feb. 10, Glen Rose woke up.
“We seem to come out flat in the first half,” said Glen Rose head coach Wayne Roberts. “We put a lot of emphasis on playing hard for four quarters. You get 16 and 17 year old boys out there playing against teams that aren’t as good, they tend to not play as hard. Maybe this Hillsboro game woke us up, and I'm hoping that was the first step in the right direction. This time of year, anything can happen.”
Glen Rose maintained its first place tie in District 7-3A by pulling off the come-from-behind win against Hillsboro and thumping the West Trojans on Friday.
Hillsboro was just over five minutes from pulling off the upset, but then the storm came—literally.
Hillsboro took a 36-32 into the fourth quarter, and maintained their lead until the 5:09 mark of the final frame.
A tornado warning then forced the teams to vacate the court for about 20-25 minutes.
“I let them sit in the dressing room, and I sat in the hallway and tried to figure things out,” said Roberts.
The Tigers came out of the break and pulled off the comeback by outscoring Hillsboro by eight points over the remaining minutes.
“Without our defense, we wouldn’t have been in that game,” said Roberts. “Our offense was nonexistent for most of the game. We missed a lot of shots. A major difference in the game was us going 11-15 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. The two positives we can pull from this game are: we found a way to win and we had a good free throw percentage in the fourth quarter when it counts.”
Ryan Bruce connected for 25 points, 14 of which came in the fourth, while Derek Thompson also cracked double figures with 10.
Glen Rose posted 20 points in that fourth quarter, and continued the offensive firepower when they handed West a 74-49 thrashing.
West started the contest running a box-and-one defense in order to take Bruce’s offense out of the game. The Trojans, however, forgot to account for Nathan Yeager and the rest of the Tigers.
“We started the game on a 9-0 run, and that makes you change your mind about the type of defense you run,” said Roberts.
Yeager posted nine points in the first quarter alone.
“They wanted to take Ryan (Bruce) out of the game,” said Roberts. “We had other people step up, especially Nathan (Yeager). He was a little under the weather, but he stepped up anyway and had a huge game for us.”
Glen Rose had an 18-point lead at halftime, and would outscore West by five over the second half to cruise to victory.
“We controlled the boards,” said Roberts. “Derek (Thompson) got into foul trouble, but Ty (Taylor) and Immanuel (Morales) came in and gave us good minutes. Derek, Ty, Immanuel and Nathan did a really good job on the boards.”
Glen Rose won a coin flip with current district co-leader Gatesville, and if the Tigers and Hornets finish the season with identical league records, GRHS will be the No. 1 seed from 7-3A, while Gatesville falls to No. 2.
Glen Rose finished the regular season against Whitney on Tuesday.