In the final two games before Glen Rose begins District 8-3A action, the Tigers offense remains a cause for concern.
The Tigers fell to Stephenville 47-40 Friday and Mineral Wells 54-47 Monday night and district begins this Friday in Glen Rose against Venus.
“I think we’re ready for district,” said head coach Wayne Roberts. “Our defense is good, but we need to be more consistent on offense. We have to score double figures in every quarter to have a chance, and I would like to get 15 per quarter.”
Against 4A Stephenville, the Tigers were picking up where they left off in early December.
In the Glen Rose Invitational tournament, the two teams were slated to play for third place but scheduling confusion negated the matchup.
Glen Rose matched Stephenville point-for-point in the first half, but a poor third quarter proved to be the undoing.
The Tigers were outscored 12-6 in the third frame.
Glen Rose drained a season-high 10 3-pointers - eight before halftime - but were only able to hit on two shots from inside the arc.
“We can’t seem to score inside,” said Roberts. “We need inside points and we’re not getting them. In the past, if we hit 10 3-pointers, we would have won by 20.”
Jorge Espino scored 14 in the loss while Cody Burtscher and Hayden Bauch each netted six.
Curry Mapes scored five while Denver Tipton, Chris Guinn and Ben Coppock each added three.
In the Monday game, another second-half meltdown cost the Tigers a win — this time against Mineral Wells.
A 10-3 first quarter had Glen Rose in control and headed for a 24-16 halftime lead.
The Tigers posted only eight points in the third quarter and allowed 38 in the second half as Mineral Wells pulled off the comeback.
“We put them on the free throw line way too many times and our offensive execution was killing us,” said Roberts. “We’re better than that.
“We’re still doing what we want to do instead of what it takes to win,” he added. “It’s frustrating.”
RJ Nowak scored 17 points to lead the Tigers.
“It’s nice to see RJ scoring and getting back on track,” said Roberts. “But we still missed opportunities because we weren’t making good passes.”
Tipton netted seven, Espino tallied six and Coppock scored five while Guinn and Bauch each added three. Burtscher, Colton Bretton and Will Tubbs each tallied two.
See Page B3 for more photos of the Tigers in action.