Glen Rose JV holds on to district opener over visiting Lady Chargers

Travis M. Smith Managing Editor | @travis5mith tsmith@theglenrosereporter.com
Glen Rose's Sonya Garcia finished the game with five points, but none were bigger than her three from behind the arc late in the second half.

GLEN ROSE -- A close game throughout the first half at home against Keene’s junior varsity squad did not let up an inch in the second half. Despite answer after answer by the Lady Chargers, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers’ junior varsity was able to hold on down the stretch for a 44-4 win on Tuesday evening in the Arena.

The win notched the Lady Tigers’ junior varsity team its first district win in as many tries.

With under a minute to play in the third quarter, a Keene shooter knocked down a three for the Lady Chargers that shrunk the Lady Tigers lead to four, 30-26, with the two teams headed into the final eight-minute quarter.

Another Keene three pointer after a Glen Rose bucket shriveled the lead to three points early in fourth quarter. A few possessions later, defensive rebound led to an outlet pass and easy transition layup to pull the Lady Chargers within one.

However, a confident three-ball from Sonya Garcia and wide open layup out of a timeout by Kashanna Bryant sandwiched the next Keene basket. The two clutch Lady Tiger buckets helped to re-build a four-point Glen Rose lead with less than four minutes to play.

Brittany Watson’s basket in the lane after an inbounds pass under Glen Rose’s own goal was followed by Bryant’s pick pocket and layup to extend the lead to eight before another Keene basket in the paint. Grace Morris’ jumper from the free throw line put the Lady Tigers back up by eight, 43-35, with 1:47 to go in regulation.

After Rachel Buren converted on one-of-her-two free throws, Keene scored five-straight points to pull back within four points with 28 ticks on the clock. Glen Rose coughed up a potentially costly turnover on its next possession, but Buren came up with a key rebound on the Lady Tigers’ defensive end of the court with 9.49 seconds left and chance to seal the win.

Unable to break the press or inbound the ball prior to a five-second violation, Buren again grabbed a clutch board on defense and the Lady Tigers were able to hold on to the 44-40 home win.

Bryant’s 14 points led the Lady Tigers in the scoring department, but it was Watson’s 19 rebounds - which included 15 on the offensive end - combined with her 10 points that gave the her the impressive double-double line. Buren notched six points and six boards on each end of the court to finish second on the team in the rebound department with 12.

Garcia and Morris each finished with five points and Valeria Castro’s four points rounded out the Lady Tigers win.

The Lady Tigers’ freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams will return to action on Friday, Dec. 18 on the road against Millsap in the second district game of the season with times to be determined.