It’s hard to say a 17-point loss is good.
But Glen Rose head coach Sheree Hill went above that, saying Tuesday’s 70-53 loss at No. 1 Kennedale was “the best 17-point loss of (her) career.”
“I was really proud of our effort (against Kennedale),” said Hill. “We handled their press better than we ever have before. The best part is we realized we can play with teams like that. It’s only going to help us going forward.”
Kennedale is the top-ranked team in the state and a District 8-3A rival, but following the loss to the Lady Wildcats, the Lady Tigers found themselves in position to take sole possession of second place the league.
Glen Rose hosted West Friday and took care of business in the final game of the first round of district action.
“This is exactly where we wanted to be, at least at this time of the year,” said Hill. “We have to stay focused. With these girls, focus is very important. We have to take every game one at a time.”
In the Tuesday game against Kennedale, Reilly Junge scored 24 points and Kayla Goebel posted a double-double, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the offensive firepower of the Lady Wildcats.
“Both (Reilly and Kayla) played very well,” said Hill. “I’m extremely proud of Reilly. She handled herself very well. She played strong and played smart. Kayla, just a little freshman, went out there and gave us everything she had. I’m really proud of them.
“One other player I need to brag on is Destiny Ponce,” she added. “Destiny didn’t have many numbers, but we decided we needed to put some back screens to release some of the pressure and Destiny took four charges.”
Kennedale posted a 20-spot in every quarter except the third when Glen Rose held them to just nine.
Glen Rose answered the 20-point quarters with a 15-point first, 16-point second and 17-point fourth.
The Lady Tigers’ offense came up dry, however, in the low-scoring third quarter. Glen Rose lost the quarter 9-5.
“I really don’t know know what happened in the third quarter, to either one of us,” said Hill. “Our press defense was working well and I guess theirs was too.”
Junge led Glen Rose with 24 points while Goebel scored 13 and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Shelby Rotan scored six while Kiffany Kelly and Kaitlin West each netted four and Lindsay Floyd added two.
In Friday’s first-round finale, Glen Rose hosted West for second place in the district.
Goebel shined in the 47-22 victory as the freshman was four steals shy of a triple-double.
Both teams struggled early as Glen Rose won the first quarter 6-1, with Ponce scoring four.
In the quarter, Glen Rose hit just 3-19 shots from the field and 0-8 from the 3-point line.
West started the second quarter on a 5-2 run to pull within 8-6, but Goebel drained the team’s first 3-ball to break the run.
The deep ball started a 9-0 Glen Rose run that ultimately became a 14-2 surge over the rest of the quarter. The Lady Tigers led 22-8 at halftime.
West never scored double figures in a single quarter as Glen Rose outscored the Lady Trojans 25-14 in the second half to cruise to victory.
Goebel finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six steals to lead the team in all three categories.
Ponce scored eight points and grabbed five boards while Junge added seven points and five steals.
West added five points while Kelly and Taylor Rhodes netted three each. Floyd and Sammy Montoya each added two to round out the scoring.
Glen Rose received another free win Tuesday as Hillsboro’s turn on the schedule came back around.
Hillsboro forfeited its girls season earlier this month.
The Lady Tigers host Alvarado at 6:30 p.m. Friday.