While it’s very difficult to win a game in the first quarter, the Freshman Tigers took a 12-point lead in the first on Friday en route to a 13-point win.
Glen Rose (6-4) has now won six games in a row thanks to its 43-30 victory over Lake Worth.
“We came out hot and I told the guys I wanted them to shoot without hesitation in that first quarter,” said coach Sam Schuelke. “We kept shooting like we were still that hot in the next two quarters when we’d cooled off, but I am real happy with that start.”
Scorers included Wyatt Goebel (18), Drayton Williams (5), Dylan Hammond (5), Tucker Garza (4), Bailey Holder (4), Cashion Klipfel (3), Nick Fowler (2) and Diego Ruiz (2).
The Tigers roared out of the gate in a 19-7 first quarter, going up 9-0 very fast with three-pointers by Hammond, Klipfel and Goebel.
“You can’t draw it up any better than that with the three quick threes,” Schuelke said. “Dylan can shoot the three when he’s open.”
After a long Garza jumper made it 17-4, Goebel reached nine points in the frame when he took a Garza inbounds pass with one second left for an alley-oop bankshot.
“Tucker gave him a good feed up high and Wyatt was able to finish it,” Schuelke said. “That was big to finish the quarter strong like we started it.”
Lake Worth managed to get up off the mat and take the second quarter 8-4. Goebel (13 rebounds) was consistently providing defensive rebounds and Ruiz delivered the highlight in the frame with a steal and transition layup.
“We didn’t handle the ball like we’re capable of, plus we were trying to force some stuff and took some quick shots that weren’t necessarily good,” Schuelke said. “Diego and Cashion gave me good minutes off the bench, playing well at both ends of the court. Nick did a good job rebounding and with his defensive effort.”
Glen Rose did manage to get the better of the third quarter 9-6. Holder attacked the basket twice with success, while Williams buried a three and drove for a runner at quarter’s end.
“Holder and Williams both came in the game and gave us some good buckets when we needed them,” the coach said.
The Tigers were able to succeed with few offensive rebounds.
“There were several factors as to why we didn’t have many offensive rebounds,” Schuelke said. “As long as we’re rebounding on the defensive end, that’s my main concern.”
After not scoring in the middle quarters, Goebel went on a second tear in the fourth for another nine-point quarter. He hit a three and blocked his third shot.
“We started passing and penetrating better in the fourth quarter, and it opened up some good looks for Wyatt,” Schuelke said. “He’s a pretty consistent scorer in the paint.”
The Freshman Tigers will travel to Graham on Tuesday.
“We still have to do a better job of limiting penetration from the top, we can always rebound better and we need to work on being strong with the ball,” Schuelke said.