Lady Tiger basketball got off to a bit better start in its second district meeting with Stephenville, but offense proved too difficult to come by for Glen Rose.
Stephenville – No. 2 in the TABC 3A standings – led 27-12 at halftime on the way to a 47-26 win. Glen Rose (20-8, 5-2) trailed by 10 after the first quarter, which was an improvement from a 24-6 deficit after one in the initial matchup.
"I think they were just more physical than we were, which is where their rebounding (advantage) came in," said coach Sheree Hill. "They shoot like a varsity ought to shoot free throws and we're not doing that."
Top-scoring Lady Tigers were Kelsey Potter (9 PT, 7 RB, 2 AST, 2 STL), Madi Gibson (7 PT, 2 RB, STL) and Reilly Junge (6 PT, 5 RB, AST, STL). Other scorers were Kayla Goebel (2 PT, 10 RB, AST, STL, 3 BLK) and Destiny Ponce (2 PT, RB, AST, 2 STL).
Glen Rose was actually in excellent position late in the first quarter at 6-6, but Stephenville got some layups and jumpers to fall for a 10-0 run in the last couple of minutes. Unforced turnovers were a problem for the Lady Tigers, while Stephenville was rebounding very well. Potter got off to a solid start with four points.
"I thought the first few minutes went much better than last time and we were okay, but they're so potent and the next thing you know we were down by 10," Hill said. "We forced some things and just didn't take care of the basketball. Potter is after the ball every time it's shot, and at halftime I told the team everyone needed to rebound like that. She gives you everything she has."
After Gibson nailed a three to open the second quarter, Stephenville finished the half on a 9-1 run. Goebel made two free throws and had four boards in the frame, but the Lady Tigers were struggling at the line otherwise.
"I thought Madi got physical with them when she was in there," Hill said of the freshman. "It's good to know Kayla had 10 rebounds; we just have to get her going offensively."
While Junge had a hard time at the charity stripe, the point guard was able to consistently beat the Honeybee defense and return to the free throw line.
"Reilly was very frustrated after the game because of her free throw shooting," Hill said. "She hits the floor so much that I think exhaustion becomes a factor sometimes. She tries to carry more of the load than she needs to at times, so we need to help her out."
Stephenville was able to put the game away with a 14-8 third quarter. The Honeybees were thriving in the paint with offensive rebounds, but they also made two threes in the quarter. Junge kept attacking and scored four of her points.
"We were always chasing the basketball and we couldn't recover when we'd help off of shooters, which hurts against a good shooting team," Hill said.
Glen Rose kept up its effort, as the two teams tied 6-6 in the fourth. In two games, Stephenville scored just 10-total points in the fourth quarter against the Lady Tigers. Bad passes kept the Lady Tigers from getting on a roll, but Potter hit a long jumper and Gibson battled for her last hoop.
"Our effort is never in question," Hill said. "We just have to execute on offense better, work on some things defensively and we just can't get down mentally. (Stephenville) is a good team that can make you pay for mistakes."
The Lady Tigers will hit the road for a non-district game on Friday in Whitney at 8 p.m.