The seventh grade Lady Tiger A-team knows how to finish a half, if Thursday night’s home contest was any indication.
Glen Rose won the second and fourth quarters by a combined margin of 26-8 on the way to a 40-26 victory over Alvarado.
“(The Indians) were definitely bigger and were really physical,” said coach Shawna Westbrook. “We’re not that big and physical; we just try to play smart and with skill and I think that’s why we came out on top (Thursday).”
Allyson Andress seemed to steadily raise her level of play on the way to a team-high 17 points.
“I thought Ally Andress really came through in this game,” Westbrook said. “It was like it finally clicked for her; she was getting (offensive) rebounds and putting them back up strong. I was really proud of the way she played. That’s her best game of the year.”
Emma Bozarth scored eight points, but more importantly handled the ball well and distributed effectively on the fast break.
“When Emma is bringing the ball down (the court), she’s able to look up and find her teammates with long passes,” Westbrook said. “She had her head up (Thursday) and didn’t have any trouble breaking the press so we could score on fast breaks.”
Other scorers were Morgan Kirby (5), Laiken McAnear (4), Jordan Nabors (4) and Breana Rosentreter (2).
Glen Rose won the opening quarter 7-6, as Rosentreter made a putback to open the game and showed a consistent ability to get steals.
“Breana is a very good defensive player underneath (the basket),” Westbrook said.
“She doesn’t mind getting physical down there and will go for the steal.”
Glen Rose seized control with a 14-3 second quarter, as the first two Lady Tiger hoops came from Andress on assists by Bozarth. Late in the half, Glen Rose showed a knack for using the glass, as Nabors hit two bankshots and then Andress added one of her own.
“We’ve been working on using the backboard, especially after offensive rebounds, in in recent weeks and it showed (Thursday) with everybody scoring the way they did,” Westbrook said.
Alvarado played its best ball at both ends of the court to win the third quarter 12-7.
“At halftime, I told the girls Alvarado would probably make changes and hit some of their outside shots,” Westbrook said. “Sure enough, they did that. We had to pick up our intensity heading to the fourth quarter.”
Andress and McAnear each made putbacks in the third, and then at quarter’s end Bozarth stole the ball and nailed a midrange jumper.
“Emma is a steady player and one who will always come through for us at the end,” the coach said. “She always plays great.”
While Bozarth and Kirby both made jumpers in the fourth, it was all about Andress otherwise with seven points to help Glen Rose win the quarter 12-5. She was grabbing rebounds, getting an assist to Bozarth and making her free throws, but she also blocked a shot in the closing moments.
“It seemed like Ally’s confidence grew as the game went and she kept playing better and better,” Westbrook said.
Kirby had a number of steals to make things tough for Alvarado.
“Kirby is just a go-getter,” the coach said. “She will do exactly what I tell her on defense and her main priority is to get the ball without fouling.”
These Lady Tigers need to keep up their high level of play.
“So far in district play, we’ve lost just one game to Kennedale and we face them again next week,” Westbrook said. “It should be a good game because I think we’ve improved quite a bit.”