The Lady Tigers were motivated to keep their season alive on Friday in Burleson, but Kennedale showed why it is ranked No. 3 in the TABC 3A standings.
Kennedale scored at least 21 points in each of the first-three quarters on the way to an 80-57 victory in the area playoff contest. Glen Rose finished its season with an impressive 23-9 record.
"We know we played a good team (Friday)," said coach Sheree Hill. "We had too many turnovers and didn't handle their pressure like we needed to. If you let them get steals and run, it's going to be tough. We needed to get our heads up and get rid of the basketball before they doubled us.
"We knew it was going to happen, but preparing for it is hard. I thought for us to put up nearly 60 points against them was good."
The Lady Tigers received double-digit scoring from Kayla Goebel (15 PT, 9 RB, AST, 3 BLK), Destiny Ponce (14 PT, 4 RB, 2 AST) and Shelby Rotan (10 PT, 3 RB, 3 AST, STL). Other scorers were Reilly Junge (7 PT, 5 RB, 3 AST, 4 STL), Kelsey Potter (6 PT, 3 RB, 2 BLK), Kate Goen (3 PT, 3 RB, AST, STL) and Madi Gibson (2 PT, RB, STL).
McKinely Bostad played outstanding to lead Kennedale with 25 points – including five three-pointers.
The Lady Tigers hung tough early on, as Kennedale won the first quarter 21-14. Rotan came up big with a trio of three-pointers in the frame, while Junge also made a three and a couple of free throws.
"I loved seeing Shelby go out with a great game," Hill said. "She played like she was 5'10" with a well-rounded game."
On the other hand, few rebounds and numerous turnovers were major issues for Glen Rose.
"We didn't rebound well in the first half and we talked about that at halftime," Hill said. "I thought we did a better job in the second half."
Kennedale peaked offensively in a second quarter it won 24-15. The green team was nearly automatic at the free throw line, as it missed just two in the entire game. The Lady Kats made three three-pointers in the quarter.
"Kennedale doesn't miss a lot of shots, period," Hill said. "That's why they're ranked what they're ranked.
While Glen Rose struggled with inside misses for much of the quarter, it did finish strong in the half with a 10-2 run. Goebel completed an and-one play and hit a three, as Junge and Gibson each scored off of steals.
"If we hadn't missed so many shots around the basket in the first half, I thought we could've been within 10," Hill said. "We did have a little momentum with the way we finished the half. Reilly did a good job delivering passes over the top to create scoring opportunities."
Although Glen Rose had a hard time offensively in a third quarter it lost 21-11, the Lady Tigers did their best rebounding work with 12 – including five from Goebel. Ponce made a three, while Goebel and Potter each completed and-one plays.
"I stressed playing hard and strong; I couldn't ask for any better effort," Hill said.
Kennedale continued to make threes and was thriving in transition off of steals, as Bostad led her squad effectively.
"Bostad is an outstanding player," Hill said. "She shoots the ball so well and she's hard to guard. I thought Reilly did a pretty good job on her early; we just weren't communicating well enough and picking her up."
Glen Rose’s effort couldn’t be questioned, considering it won the fourth quarter 17-14. Goebel and Ponce each played their best ball down the stretch of the season’s last quarter.
"I told the girls it's been an awesome, fun season," Hill said. "You can't always draw up the playoff bracket; I think there will be some playoff teams there next week we'd like a shot at. We'll miss our six seniors.
"They've done some incredible things and our younger ones have shoes to fill. I couldn't ask for better kids, managers or assistant coaches. I appreciate Robbie (Gibson) and Carrie (Lytle) so much."