The JV Lady Tigers suffered a tough loss to Grandview in their season opener over the weekend, but Glen Rose (1-1) put on a much better performance Tuesday to take down Maypearl 42-23.
“I’d like to think our defense was 10 times better than it was against Grandview,” said coach Robbie Gibson. “We were still a little weak on our passes, but Maypearl couldn’t take advantage of it like Grandview.”
Seven Glen Rose players scored at least four points, led by 11 from Madison Morrow.
“I thought everybody contributed well,” Gibson said. “Madison is very patient. She looks for her shot first, which is an asset to her game.”
Other scorers included Cheyenne Van Winkle (6), Kimberly McCullough (6), Amber Ponce (5), Kalli Crabtree (4), Lexi Crabtree (4), Mary McPherson (4) and Selena Contreras (2).
Glen Rose was clearly ready to play, as it jumped out to a 12-0 lead.
“I think our (defensive) press and all the steals we had off of it is what slowed (Maypearl) down,” Gibson said.
Morrow set the pace in the quarter with six points, and Maypearl finally managed to get on the board before the first ended (12-2).
The Lady Tigers weren’t getting as many shots up in the second quarter, and Maypearl staged a 7-0 run to get back in the game. A McPherson driving layup broke the run, and then Van Winkle and Kalli Crabtree each converted layups.
“Cheyenne played a different position (Tuesday) and she’s really good inside,” Gibson said. “She’s aggressive and seems to know where to be.”
Late in the half, Van Winkle assisted McCullough on an inbounds layup to help Glen Rose go to the locker room up 21-12.
“Kimberly is very strong inside,” the coach said. “We need to work on our passes, because most of Maypearl’s points were coming off steals when we made bad passes.”
Much like the first quarter, Glen Rose played very well in the third. In fact, the Lady Tigers put together a 13-1 run. Ponce was really playing well and she hit a couple of jumpers, as Morrow knocked one down as well.
“Amber has a beautiful shot and she looks to shoot a lot; that’s good,” Gibson said.
As Maypearl was really struggling with turnovers, both Crabtree sisters were able to score in transition.
“Lexi and Kalli seemed more relaxed this game, and I’d say that about our whole team,” Gibson said.
Glen Rose’s offensive production fell in the fourth, but more importantly it didn’t let Maypearl build momentum (6-6). McCullough and Contreras were both major factors on the offensive boards late.
“Selena did an awesome job of rebounding,” Gibson said. “She’s a strong girl.”
Van Winkle made a pair of baskets in the fourth and then Lexi Crabtree converted in transition one more time to finalize the score (42-23). A bevy of Glen Rose fouls gave Maypearl plenty of chances to close the gap at the free throw line, which didn’t go unnoticed.
“We tend to use our hands too much on defense and not rely on our feet enough,” Gibson said. “I think that will change.”
The JV Lady Tigers will now open their Glen Rose Jurassic Classic on Thursday when they play Midlothian at 4 p.m. and Tolar at 8 p.m. The Freshman Lady Tigers will have two teams for this tournament, so they will play Thursday at 10:40 a.m., 2:40 p.m. and 7:40 p.m.
“We’re going to continue to work on our press, and I thought the girls did really well with it in this game,” Gibson said.