Lady Tigers' shooting woes continue, progress made in China Spring

Travis M. Smith Managing Editor | @travis5mith

CHINA SPRING – After fizzling out of last weekend’s Glen Rose Lions Club Invitational, the Lady Tigers were looking for a bounce-back performance in Tuesday’s road game against the Lady Cougars of China Spring. At the same time, they were looking to avenge a one-point loss suffered at home on Nov. 20 – a game that ended on a last second China Spring’s basket.

However, Glen Rose was still without its leading scorer in Madi Gibson, so a bounce-back performance did not necessarily mean a victory. The Lady Tigers and head coach Sheree Hill were looking for progress and for someone to step into a larger role.

Through 16 minutes, (4-6) Glen Rose looked as if it was going to be able to keep pace with the China Spring offense. After all, a 24-point first half was four points more than the Lady Tigers scored in 32 minutes in Saturday’s loss to Stephenville. But in the end, the Lady Cougars’ offense outpaced the Lady Tigers’ 22-14 in the second half to sweep the season series with a 53-38 win.

The Lady Tigers shot much better from the field than their last two times out, but still struggled to find their range from beyond the arc. As a team, Glen Rose converted on 13-38 (34 percent) of its field goal attempts, which included a 2-6 (33 percent) showing from behind the arc.

Ally Andress led the Lady Tigers in scoring for the third time in five games with 13 points on 42 percent (5-12) shooting from the floor. Jaylan Evans finished the game with seven points and tied Sydney Lozier for the team lead in assists with two. Lozier also added two points to her stat line.

Laiken McAnear converted on three-of-her-five shot attempts for six points and also grabbed a team-high four rebounds. Sabrina Watson knocked down one-of-the-two Lady Tiger three pointers on her way to five points, one assist and two rebounds, while Presley Grace scored three points and Collie Keller added two.

The Lady Tigers will take the next seven days off before jumping in District 11-3A play on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at home against Keene.