Four-point loss sends Lady Tigers into third place rematch against Honeybees in Lions Club Invitational

Travis M. Smith | @travis5mith Managing Editor

GLEN ROSE -- After the Lady Tigers hot start to the annual Glen Rose Lions Club Invitational with opening round wins over Midlothian Heritage and Fort Worth Christian on Thursday, they were poised to make a run at the championship on Saturday.

(4-4) Glen Rose and (8-2) Hamilton were deadlocked at 25 after 16 minutes of play in the morning’s tilt inside Tiger Arena, but both offenses went cold in the second half. Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, their offense went a few degrees colder. Hillsboro used a seven-point fourth quarter, in which it held Glen Rose to just two points, to punch its ticket to the championship game with a 39-35 win.

The Lady Tigers shot 38 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three-point line, but went just two-of-eight from the charity stripe while the Lady Bulldogs converted on eight-of-their-15 free throws and knocked down five from downtown. Madi Gibson led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 15 points, rebounds with seven and assists with three. She also recorded a block for the second-straight game.

Sydney Lozier knocked down one of Glen Rose’s three three-point shots en route to her five points and three offensive rebounds. Jaylan Evans finished the game with four points, Laiken McAnear, Mckenzie Morrison and Brittany Miller each posted three points, and Ally Andress rounded out the Glen Rose offensive output with two points.

Glen Rose will take the court in the third-place bout of the championship bracket at 3 p.m. against Stephenville. The Honeybees handed the Lady Tigers an 18-point loss in Stephenville Tuesday, Dec. 1.