With their last bit of regular season business left to take care of in Alvarado on Tuesday night, the Lady Tigers got the job done.
Glen Rose (22-8, 6-2) didn’t play its best game after a strong first quarter, but it never let Alvarado get much going offensively in a 48-38 win.
"We didn't play real well and had some poor decisions at times, but our defense wasn't bad," said coach Sheree Hill. "I need to see some improvement offensively, especially with our passing and ball handling, but fortunately we got the win."
Reilly Junge (12 PT, 5 RB, 4 AST, 2 STL) and Kayla Goebel (11 PT, 7 RB, 2 STL) paced the offense. Other scorers were Shelby Rotan (7 PT, 3 RB, 3 AST, STL), Madi Gibson (6 PT, 2 RB, 3 STL), Destiny Ponce (5 PT, RB, 2 AST, 2 STL, BLK), Kate Goen (4 PT, RB, AST, 2 STL) and Kelsey Potter (3 PT, 7 RB, AST, 3 STL).
Both teams peaked offensively in a first quarter Glen Rose won 18-12. Junge got off to a good start with five points and two assists, while Goebel scored four out of the gate.
"We got off to a fast start and it's definitely easier to play with the lead the whole game," Junge said.
The Lady Tigers were creating a lot of scoring chances in the paint, and right before the buzzer Goen assisted Ponce on an inbounds layup. Much of Alvarado’s success came from hitting two wide-open threes early.
"We did have a good first quarter and scored inside at that point," Hill said.
In a second quarter Glen Rose won 13-8, Goen successfully attacked the basket twice. Glen Rose had some trouble with traveling, but late in the half Junge stepped up to hit a pair of three-pointers.
"Kate did a good job going to the hoop," Hill said. "Reilly did a good job. She played hard and made good passes."
Junge was feeling good about dialing it up from long distance.
"I'm getting my confidence back with the outside shot," she said. "A lot of us are practicing out of practice now, and that's starting to pay off. I especially see it with the way Shelby is shooting."
After Rotan assisted Junge on the second three, Rotan drove to the hoop and made both ensuing free throws for a 31-20 lead.
Both offenses spun their wheels in a third quarter Alvarado won 8-6. Glen Rose did get three rebounds from both Potter and Goebel, while Goebel nailed a corner three. Alvarado was more effective driving to the basket at this point.
"We weren't aggressive enough at times, but I give Alvarado credit for good defense there," Hill said. "Potter was consistently getting in rebounding position when shots went up."
The Lady Tigers kept Alvarado from staging a furious fourth-quarter run, as Glen Rose won the frame 11-10. Rotan made a three to open the quarter and it wasn’t long before Gibson hit a pair of free throws to go 4-4 on the night.
"Madi did a nice job at the line and we have to do better as a team there," Hill said.
Meanwhile, Alvarado only made two of 11 free throws in the game. The hosts did capitalize on some Glen Rose turnovers down the stretch for transition points. In the closing minutes, Goebel and Rotan successfully attacked the basket to finalize the score.
"Some of our poor decisions led to steals and easy points for Alvarado, which we can't do in the playoffs," Hill said.
The Lady Tigers will return to the court next week for playoff action, as they will most likely face Brownwood.
"We need to improve our communication for the playoffs, but this is the closest team I've been on and hopefully we'll go for a while," Junge said.