Tiger basketball had a tough go of it in recent days, but Glen Rose can still get its hoops train back on the tracks with district play coming up.

The Tigers (10-9) faced Godley in the third-place game of the Godley Tournament on Saturday and lost 43-30. While the other three quarters were close, Glen Rose dug a hole after losing the second 18-8 and the Tigers never scored more than eight points in a quarter. Top scorers were Hayden Holder (6), Colton Bretton (5), Ben Coppock (5) and Jeffery Harris (5).

“If we just make some routine shots, we win,” said coach Wayne Roberts. “We haven’t scored enough in our last three games to win, no matter how good our defense is.”

It seems Coppock would have led the team in scoring under normal circumstances.

“With Ben out in the second half versus Godley and the whole Decatur game, that hurt – but the other guys have to step up,” Roberts said. “He’ll probably be out for a couple more games with back trouble; we hope to have him back for district. We’re not getting scoring from our guards at this time, and we have to have it.”

When the Tigers hosted Decatur on Monday afternoon, the visitors rolled to a 60-28 victory. After Decatur took the first quarter 12-10, it won each remaining quarter by at least eight points. Top scorers were Bretton (17) and Hayden Holder (4).

“We weren’t playing as hard as we needed to, but Decatur made some tough shots and shot the three-ball extremely well that day,” Roberts said. “They only missed two free throws in the whole game. It was good to see Colton break out.”

The Tigers begin district play on Jan. 11, so there is still time to raise their level of execution.

“The guys have just lost confidence in their shot and we’ve been missing way too many shots around the basket,” the coach said. “We’re taking good shots; we just have to be stronger to finish shots and make some free throws. We’re going to get that fixed, so we have to keep our heads up and keep plugging (away). If we’re going to go through a slump, let’s go through it now and not in district.”

Glen Rose will return to the court on Friday when it heads to Lake Worth. The freshman team will play at 11 a.m. with the JV and varsity squads to follow.

“We’ve had trouble with them the past couple of years; they’re usually a solid team,” Roberts said. “They’ve had some problems themselves this year, so you’ll have two teams battling to get over the hump.”