The Freshman Tiger basketball team had its collective paws full in a matchup with Venus on Tuesday, and Glen Rose just had to bear down and fight for a win.

The Tigers seemed to get in winning position with a 13-7 third quarter on the way to a 41-35 victory.

“It was a real physical game – kind of a gut check for us,” said coach Sam Schuelke. “We weren’t hitting our shots, so we had to buckle down and deal with the adversity.”

Glen Rose held a narrow 19-16 lead at halftime, as three of four quarters were very close. The Tigers were led by 10 points from Wyatt Goebel, with four coming in the key third quarter.

“Wyatt struggled a little bit the first half, but he adjusted to the physicality of the game in the second half and he was a lot more aggressive, especially on the offensive glass,” Schuelke said. “He also hit a few free throws. At halftime, we talked about coming out much more aggressive in the second half, especially defensively, to get some easy buckets in transition.”

Dylan Hammond had a solid game with eight points, including a pair of threes in the third.

“Those were big threes by Hammond; the game was tight when he hit them,” Schuelke said. “It was good to see him step up and help us out. We got the threes from Hammond in our zone offense, so it was a real good third quarter and that was the difference in the game for us.”

Other scorers included Nick Fowler (5), Bailey Holder (5), Tucker Garza (4), Diego Ruiz (4), Cashion Klipfel (3) and Nolan Fowler (2). Ruiz scored all four of his points in a first quarter the Tigers won 9-8.

“We were running a half-court trap that Diego and Tucker got some steals out of,” Schuelke said. “Tucker got the ball up the floor to Diego for some early layups.”

Venus won the fourth quarter 12-9, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Tigers.

“We played pretty good team defense and so did Venus; it was just a tough game,” Schuelke said.