Andress, Lady Tigers' offense explodes in opening two games of Lions Club Invitational

Travis M. Smith | @travis5mith Managing Editor
The Lady Tigers' offense had its best two shooting games of the season during Thursday's opening rounds of the Lions Club Invitational. The victories have landed Glen Rose in the championship bracket heading into Saturday. Sophomore Laiken McAnear (pictured) knocked down three three-pointers and grabbed 12 rebounds in the two contests.

GLEN ROSE – Hockey great Wayne Gretzky was once quoted to say, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” While ‘The Great One” was directly referring to hockey and shots on goal, it is a quote with a universal application.

Take for instance, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers’ basketball team.

Not to put a jinx on recent success, but somewhere during the second half of the 18-point loss to Stephenville on Tuesday, it appeared the Lady Tigers had indeed found something on offense. In fact, the sudden burst of confidence on the offensive side of the ball led Head Coach Sheree Hill to claim that she thought her team “might have turned the corner on a few things” after the game.

Heading into this weekend’s annual Glen Rose Lions Club Invitational, (4-3) Glen Rose was using its defense as its lifeline to survive through its first five games. However, on Thursday the offense came to play and the Lady Tigers were letting it fly from all over the court.

Two games, two wins and 124 shots from the floor. Ally Andress led the offensive surge with 31 combined points in the 54-26 win over Midlothian Heritage and 56-31 victory over Fort Worth Christian. The sophomore forward connected on 14 of her 29 shots (48 percent), which included her scoring a game-high 20 points in the afternoon win over Midlothian Heritage.

Andress was not the only Lady Tiger filling up the box score on Thursday, not even close. In the day’s opening game against Fort Worth Christian, both McKenzie Morrison and Madi Gibson matched Andress’ 11 points, while Gibson added five assists and nine rebounds. Laiken McAnear found the bottom of the net from behind the arc on both of her attempts en route to posting eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Brittany Miller and Brittany Rosentreter each added four points, Sabrina Watson chalked up three, Sydney Lozier two points, and Presley Grace added two points to her six rebounds to round out the Lady Tigers’ scoring.

In the latter game, Gibson connected on three-of-her-five attempts from deep to help her to 11 points to add to her six assists, six rebounds, four steals and the team’s only block. McAnear put together another solid performance on the hardwood, as she collected five points, five rebounds, dished out five assists and added a steal during the Lady Tigers second victory on the day.

Grace posted one of her better games of the season with seven points and three rebounds, while Lozier chipped in four points and two assists and Watson accounted for three points, two rebounds and an assist. Miller and Rosentreter rounded out the scoring with two points each.

As it sits, Glen Rose and Hamilton are set to square off in the opening round of the championship bracket of the Glen Rose Lions Club Invitational at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. However, per Hill, the tipoff time is not set in stone and may change by Friday evening. Check with @travis5mith on Twitter for game time updates and tournament scores all weekend long.