Despite a stumble to open 7-3A play, the Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers capped off a four-game win streak and the first round of district with victories over West and Whitney last weekend.
Bad weather forced Glen Rose and West to hit the court on Thursday instead of Tuesday, but Glen Rose still knocked off the visiting Trojans 68-41.
The time off gave the Tigers some obvious ill effects early on.
“We were sluggish in the first half and we didn’t shoot the ball very well,” said Glen Rose head coach Wayne Roberts.
Glen Rose outscored West 27-20 in the first half, and then poured it on in the final two quarters.
The Tigers posted 41 points after the break, while holding the Trojans to only 21.
“We really picked it up in the second half. We got our shots to fall,” said Roberts.
Ryan Bruce led the way for Glen Rose with 27 points, while Waylon White tallied 12 of his own.
Derek Thompson finished just shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, while his low-post partner, Nathan Yeager racked up eight points, 10 boards and six blocks.
“We were pretty strong all the way around,” said Roberts about his team’s performance.
Jorge Espino also tacked on nine points.
Within 24 hours Glen Rose was back on the court in Whitney, where they wrapped up the first half of district with a 77-36 thrashing of the Wildcats.
Glen Rose dominated this one from the get-go.
“We played dominant defense throughout the game,” said Roberts. “We had lots of steals, but in the first half we couldn’t convert on them. We had missed opportunities and turnovers.”
In the second half, Glen Rose converted on those opportunities.
The Tigers turned their steals into points and held Whitney scoreless over the first seven minutes of the third quarter.
Glen Rose had held Whitney to a combined 24 points over the first three quarters, a total which the Tigers matched in the third period alone.
Thompson led the Tigers with 14 points, 13 boards and four blocks, while Bruce was close behind with 13 points, seven assists and three steals.
White reached 12, Yeager 10 and Immanuel Morales posted nine.
“The biggest part of the game was our 23 assists,” said Roberts. “We were able to get our posts involved and get Derek, Nathan and Immanuel some good looks at the basket.”
Glen Rose returned to action when they hosted Gatesville on Tuesday and will welcome China Spring to GRHS on Friday at 8 p.m.