In their first action in over a week, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers made their annual post-Christmas trip to Bryan-College Station and won three out four games to claim fifth place.
“It was kind of weird the way they had the brackets set-up,” said head coach Sheree Hill. “If we had gone to the other side of the bracket we would have played for third place.
“But regardless,” she continued, “this was probably our best showing ever at the Bryan tournament.”
In the first of four, Glen Rose buried Hyde Park with a 14-2 fourth-quarter run to win 41-31.
“We had to stop an all-American point guard in this one,” said Hill. “We held her to 13 points and she normally averages 22. Our defense handled her extremely well.”
Offensively, Kayla Goebel was the only Lady Tiger to crack double figures with 14 while Kaitlin West’s nine and Reilly Junge’s eight were next on the team.
In game two, a career-high for Destiny Ponce and a 22-point performance from Junge paced the Lady Tigers to a 67-48 win over Lufkin Hudson.
“Destiny did great,” said Hill. “She couldn’t miss.”
The sophomore post finished with 18 points while Goebel added 14.
The Lady Tigers’ only loss of the tournament came against Houston Episcopal in game three.
The private school topped Glen Rose 51-47.
“We got behind early and we just weren’t playing real well in the first half,” said Hill. “I’m so proud of the way we fought back in the third quarter to tie the game. We just struggled at the free throw line in the fourth and that was the difference.”
Junge and West were the top scorers with 21 and 11, respectively.
In the tournament finale, Glen Rose posted 25 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and top Bandera 51-44.
“We got way down early, but we pulled through,” said Hill. “We quit being hard-headed and started doing what we need to do.”
Goebel led Glen Rose with 21 while Junge notched her third 20-point effort of the tourney with an even 20.
Glen Rose played Country Day Tuesday and is expected to begin district play against Hillsboro Friday, but recent developments may lead a change.
“Hillsboro is trying to cancel their varsity (girl’s basketball) schedule,” said Hill. “There’s going to be a district meeting this week. Hopefully that won’t happen, but if they do, then we’ll either try to find another game or not play at all.”