Honeybees too much for visiting Lady Tigers

Travis M. Smith | @travis5mith tsmith@theglenrosereporter.com Managing Editor
Passing lanes were hard to come by on Tuesday night in Stephenville, but the Lady Tigers may have found a little offensive mojo despite.

STEPHENVILLE -- A short trip south on US Hwy 67 resulted in a long night for the Lady Tigers on Tuesday evening at Stephenville High School. Glen Rose found its seven-point first quarter deficit grow to 13 at the half and as high as 20 points after three quarters, before finally falling to the 4A Stephenville Honeybees, 48-30.

Turnovers and missed shots continued to hinder the Lady Tigers’ efforts, as they would for most any team, but the shots that did not fall looked to be coming from more confident shooters following the short Thanksgiving break, according to head coach Sheree Hill.

“I thought we showed a little more confidence tonight, and we kind of talked about that before tonight’s game,” Hill said. “I think we might have turned the corner on a few things tonight, I really do. I thought we did a really good job overall defensively, but we still are not executing well on offense.

“[...] We needed a tough game tonight to get us ready for [this weekend’s] tournament, because it’s loaded. There will be some very talented teams there. Down the stretch, this game should help us.”

As a team, the Lady Tigers committed 22 turnovers, and even though they shot a very respectable 52-percent from the field (11-of-21), were held to just one-of-six from behind the arc. The three ball was the ultimate decider on Tuesday, as the Honeybees were able to convert on six of their opportunities from deep.

Ally Andress led the Glen Rose attack with 10 points, thanks in large part to her shooting 80-percent (4-of-5) from the free throw line. Madi Gibson added eight points with a game-high seven rebounds, while Laiken McAnear scored six and grabbed five boards. Sabrina Watson scored three, Presley Grace added two and Jaylan Evans rounded out the scoring with one.

Lozier dished out a team-high three assists, while McAnear and Andress both notched a team-high three steals.

The (2-3) Lady Tigers will not have much time to dwell on Tuesday’s loss, as they return home to host the annual Glen Rose Lions Club Invitational tournament over the weekend with first tip set for 5 p.m. on Thursday against Midlothian Heritage.

THE UPHILL BATTLE

After a 15-8 first quarter Stephenville lead, Ali Thrope followed her jumper from the left elbow with a three from the left-elbow extended to build the Honeybees’ lead to 12 points. A few possessions later, Bayleigh Chaviers drilled a corner three after a Glen Rose turnover to extend the Stephenville lead to 23-8 with 5:06 to play in the second quarter.

After a McAnear bucket, Andress stepped in front of a Honeybee pass and – after being fouled on the fast break attempt – the sophomore forward found the bottom of the net with both of her free throws. Stephenville was only able to convert on two-of-six from the stripe down the stretch, but still took a 25-12 lead into the locker room over visiting Glen Rose.

At the break, Stephenville’s Chaviers accounted for a game-high 11 points, while Gibson, McAnear and Andress each tallied four points for the Lady Tigers. The Honeybees made four threes during the opening half, and reached the foul line 10 times to the Lady Tigers’ two.

The Lady Tigers started the second half on a six-to-one run, thanks to assists from Lozier and Evans and buckets from Gibson and Andress, to close the Honeybees’ lead to eight, 26-18 with 5:33 to play in the third quarter. However, a pair of Elizabeth Pack free throws, an Emily Brandon bucket in the lane, another Thorpe three ball and two more points from Chaviers built the Honeybees’ lead to 17, 35-18.

Watson put a halt to the 9-0 Stephenville run with a jumper from the corner with her toe on the line, but the Honeybees answered right back with two more to force a Glen Rose timeout with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter. Another Stephenville three - this time from Chaviers - came as the third quarter clock reached triple zeros, and sent Glen Rose into the final eight minutes trailing 40-20.

Andress again found the bottom of the net with both of her free throw attempts and got the scoring started in the fourth, and final, frame. Glen Rose was able to add three more points, but the hole had already been dug too deep. Stephenville avenged its earlier volleyball loss at the hands of the Lady Tigers, 48-30.