The Freshman Tigers followed a strong offensive quarter with a great defensive quarter to pull away from host Venus early on Friday night.

Venus controlled the fourth quarter en route to a deceptively close 45-39 final score, but Glen Rose earned its fifth win in the last six games.

“We’re trying to finish the season strong, and if we win Monday that will be three wins in a row to end the season,” said coach Sam Schuelke. “It would give us a 6-2 district record.”

Leading Tiger scorers included Wyatt Goebel (8), Dylan Hammond (8) and Tucker Garza (7). Other Tigers of note were Drayton Williams (6), Bailey Holder (5), Cashion Klipfel (3), J.P. Shero (2), Nolan Fowler (2), Diego Ruiz (2) and Reece Nickell (2).

“Our scoring was pretty balanced,” the coach said.

Glen Rose won the first quarter 17-12, led by six points from Hammond.

“We hit five threes in the first quarter, and Hammond came out and hit a couple of big early threes to get us started,” Schuelke said. “It was kind of like our game in Lake Worth with a hot offensive start and not the best defense.”

The Tigers responded when Schuelke preached defense, as they took the second quarter 11-3. Garza scored five in the quarter and was one of five Tigers to make a three in the game.

“I told the guys after the first quarter that we couldn’t rely on hitting five threes in the next quarter,” Schuelke said. “We had to play defense and we buckled down in the second quarter to take a comfortable lead at halftime. When we decide to play defense and rebound, that’s what we’re capable of doing.”

As the Tigers won the third quarter 13-10, Goebel scored six of his points.

“Wyatt did some work inside,” the coach said.

Venus took the fourth quarter 14-4, but it just wasn’t enough. The Freshman Tigers will close out their season Monday at home against Hillsboro.

“We missed some uncontested layups, so we need to clean that up next time,” Schuelke said. “Hillsboro applies a lot more pressure on defense, so we’ll also have to handle the ball well and we have to keep their top scorer in check.”