As the Lady Tigers have faced adversity head-on in recent weeks, Glen Rose may be better off for the experience with more players stepping up their production lately.
The Lady Tigers (13-3) headed to Fort Worth Castleberry on Monday night and it was never a contest in a 72-18 win, as all nine players on the roster scored.
“This game was a great opportunity to get everyone plenty of minutes,” said coach Sheree Hill. “I wasn’t pleased with our defense in the first half, but it was a little better in the second half. It wasn’t so much about how many points they scored; we just weren’t always moving our feet and in the right place.”
Kayla Goebel led the offense with 17 points, five rebounds, an assist, seven steals and two blocks. Other double-digit scorers were Madi Gibson (16 points, 2 rebounds, steal) and Destiny Ponce (14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, steal). The points were a career high for freshman Gibson.
“I’ve been feeling good because my team has been helping me out and encouraging me,” Gibson said. “(Castleberry wasn’t) a very tough opponent, so we just needed to do what it took to win it.”
Other scorers were Madison Morrow (7 points, rebound, steal), Kelsey Potter (5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals), Ashlan Bernard (5 points, rebound, 2 assists, steal), Kate Goen (3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Shelby Rotan (3 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, steal) and Reilly Junge (2 points, 2 assists, 4 steals).
The first quarter was the worst for the Lady Tigers, but they still came away with a 14-6 lead. Goebel scored the game’s first four points by attacking the hoop, and then newest varsity member Morrow hit a midrange jumper. Late in the frame, Ponce and Rotan took turns assisting each other with a Rotan drilling a three.
“Madison is going to continue to improve,” Hill said. “We’re working with her to play at a higher speed.”
The Lady Tigers put the game away with a 19-4 second quarter. With Goen and Rotan leading a rebounding surge, Ponce completed an and-one play and Gibson got going with a pair of free throws and a baseline jumper. Late in the half, Goebel and Junge each scored in transition off their own steal while Goebel blocked a couple of shots.
“Destiny and Kayla were both very successful attacking the basket and finishing in transition,” Hill said. “Kayla got some more blocks and was active out there.”
Glen Rose kept the offense rolling with a 21-5 third quarter. Ponce and Gibson completed and-one plays, while Bernard hit a three. Gibson finished the quarter with a seven-point flurry.
“That was a beautiful shot by Ashlan,” Hill said. “That’s good to know we made the free throws on all of our and-ones. Madi was in a rhythm and she’s playing inside, where things don’t come easy. She also hit a couple of outside shots.”
With the game long since decided, Glen Rose kept the pedal to the metal to win the fourth quarter 18-3. Gibson continued to make shots, including a long corner jumper, and Goebel was able to deliver anytime she attacked on the fast break. Potter had multiple points, rebounds, assists and steals in the quarter to cap off a versatile game for her.
“I’ve been practicing those jumpers a lot in practice for sure,” Gibson said.
The Lady Tigers will be back out on the road Friday when they face Hico at 6:30 p.m.
“In final exams week, we have to guard against being tired and flat in Hico,” Hill said. “We have to go over there ready to beat a good team.”