By the time the Brownwood Lady Lions scored three points, Tuesday night’s bi-district playoff game at Tarleton was already over.
Glen Rose (23-8) exploded into a 26-2 lead midway through the second quarter on the way to a 52-27 triumph.
"I thought we were pretty relaxed, and it seemed to keep us from making many mistakes early," said coach Sheree Hill. "Most of these kids have been in a playoff game before, so we didn't have any excuse not to be. We jumped on (Brownwood); I'm very proud of how we started and how we finished."
Kayla Goebel (17 PT, 14 RB, BLK) and Reilly Junge (9 PT, 5 RB, 5 AST, 7 STL, BLK) dominated play to lead the Lady Tiger charge.
"It's playoffs and this is when it counts," Goebel said. "We knew if we wanted to win we had to crash boards hard and we came out with a fire. My shot has been off lately, so I've been in the gym every day and it really helped me."
Junge felt good about her versatile performance.
"I was hoping I'd come out here and do what I needed to," Junge said. "I kept my head in a lot of frustrating situations and I think we all did really good."
Other scorers included Destiny Ponce (12 PT, 4 RB, 2 AST, STL), Kate Goen (8 PT, 2 RB, STL, BLK), Ashlan Bernard (3 PT, 2 AST, STL), Madi Gibson (2 PT, 2 RB) and Kelsey Potter (1 PT, 2 RB, 3 AST, STL).
"Destiny is finishing her shots and making her free throws to step it up as a senior," Junge said.
Glen Rose took a 10-0 lead in a first quarter it won 12-2, as Junge and Goebel drained early threes. Goebel immediately asserted herself physically with seven points and eight rebounds in the first quarter alone.
"As soon as I get a couple of boards I get going and I was fired up early when (a Lady Lion) came over my back on a block-out," Goebel said.
Glen Rose had 15 team rebounds in the opening quarter.
"We got a lot of rebounds and we need that (production) from Kayla every game," Hill said. "She brought it (Tuesday) and looked good."
Junge began her big defensive night with a steal and a block, as Brownwood struggled with turnovers so much it rarely hoisted up shots.
"(Brownwood) looked a little nervous, and they had some young kids out there," Hill said. "We took advantage of it. We tried to double off the pick-and-roll and we knew where the ball was going; overall it was a good job."
Glen Rose then opened the second quarter with a 14-0 run on the way to a 31-13 halftime lead.
"Coach Hill told us to jump on them quick and we did that," Junge said.
Goebel hit another three to start the quarter, and then Goen took over when she entered the game with seven points in the frame to go with a block and the senior took a charge.
"Kate lit it up," Goebel said. "She came in off the bench and showed them what she's got."
Hill was very pleased with Goen's play.
"Kate is doing a phenomenal job," Hill said. "I continue to say she gets better every game and her play in the second quarter was fantastic."
Junge had four steals in the quarter, including one that resulted in a fast-break bucket, and Ponce scored twice on putbacks.
"Reilly did some things really well and showed some mental discipline by not overplaying and getting in foul trouble," Hill said.
Goebel liked what she saw from the floor leader.
"It's Reilly's senior year and she did exactly what she had to do," Goebel said. "She hustled so hard (Tuesday); I'm proud of her."
The only time the Lady Tigers really had any defensive issues was late in the half, as Brownwood attacked the hoop and finished on an 8-2 run.
"We let them score a lot in that second quarter and that shouldn't happen," Junge said.
The Lady Tigers got back to being stingy on defense in a third quarter they won 11-5. Goebel returned to dominating the glass with four rebounds, while Ponce and Junge attacked the basket.
"Kayla definitely played like we needed her to in the playoffs," Junge said.
Junge also nabbed her final two steals and continued to make stellar outlet passes to spur the Glen Rose fast break, while freshman Gibson knocked down a midrange jumper.
"Reilly caught them sleeping a few times with passes over the top," Hill said.
Glen Rose cruised to the finish line in a fourth quarter it won 10-9. Junge made sure to round out her stat line with three rebounds and her last three assists. A Goebel baseline jumper capped off the scoring for the victors.
"We had four or five bench players in there at one time, and I thought they did alright," Hill said. "It's good experience for them. Shelby Rotan played hard and did some good things. This should give the girls confidence going forward."
The bi-district champs have a tough task ahead on Friday when they face No. 3 Kennedale (26-6) in the area round at 6 p.m. at Burleson High School.
"It's going to be a good game, so everybody needs to come out and support us for that one," Goebel said.
Junge has played in at least one playoff game for four-straight years, but Tuesday's contest meant more to her than the rest.
"This is my second time to reach the second round and hopefully we keep it going," she said. "This win feels different because we're a lot closer than we've ever been."