The consistent offense of the eighth grade Lady Tiger A-team put way too much pressure on visiting Alvarado Thursday night.
Glen Rose scored at least 11 points in each quarter on the way to a 48-23 victory.
“The girls have been working their tails off and it’s paying off,” said coach Marci Simmons.
Sophie Bozarth’s shooting hand was ablaze during her 15-point first half. She shot sparingly in the second half and finished with 17 points.
“Sophie had a really great game (Thursday), but that’s pretty typical for her,” Simmons said.
Brittany Miller (12 points) and Brittany Rosentreter (8) also loomed large offensively.
“Miller did a great job,” Simmons said. “She’s going to be a force to reckon with and what I like most is how tough she is. (Rosentreter) is becoming a good defensive player, but her offense is also improving.”
Other scorers included Jennifer Mora (5), Grace Morris (2), K.K. Aper (2) and Bari Douglas (2).
Glen Rose was ready to play, as evidenced by a 14-7 first quarter. Bozarth came out firing with nine points in the frame. With a couple of jumpers already in the bag, Bozarth ended the first with a contested wing three at the buzzer.
“There’s nothing that will fire you up more than seeing something like that,” Simmons said. “That’s the coolest individual play that I can remember for us this season.”
Bozarth wasn’t being selfish, considering she also found Miller and Mora up ahead for fast-break baskets in the opening quarter.
“We need those girls to capitalize when Sophie is making good long passes on the fast break,” Simmons said.
After five quick Alvarado points and a Lady Tiger timeout to open the second quarter, Glen Rose won the rest of the frame 11-1. Bozarth’s sweet spot became clear, as all three of her baskets in the quarter were baseline jumpers in front of the Alvarado bench.
“She was on fire in that first half,” Simmons said.
Rosentreter made a tough driving runner and then Morris hit a midrange bankshot after an offensive rebound late in the half.
“I was glad to see Grace get a basket; she took advantage of her opportunity,” the coach said.
The Lady Tigers just never let Alvarado catch a glimmer of hope, as they took the third quarter 11-4. The visitors scored the first basket of the quarter and were dominated from then on.
“It only takes one person to have a defensive breakdown, but after they got a couple of baskets early in the quarter we shut them down,” Simmons said.
Glen Rose was able to ride the momentum of a completed and-one play by Miller early in the third.
“Miller is an awesome rebounder and offensive player,” Simmons said.
Bozarth was distributing at this point, finding Rosentreter for a layup and Miller on two occasions. Douglas got in on the act with a midrange jumper and Mora finished the quarter with a putback.
“That was a good job by Douglas; I like to see everyone get on the scoreboard,” Simmons said.
Miller opened the fourth quarter with a block, as Glen Rose won it 12-6.
“Anytime we can get a block without fouling I want to go for it,” the coach said.
The Lady Tigers were always in a hurry down the stretch, as Aper, Miller and Rosentreter all scored in transition.
Glen Rose will now gear up for a tough matchup against Kennedale next week.
“I’m proud of the girls,” Simmons said. “We’ve set goals and this was another step in the right direction.”