Lady Tigers snap 5-game skid following Christmas break

Travis M. Smith Managing Editor | @travis5mith

BRYAN – Maybe it was a Christmas present sent three days late by good ‘ole Saint Nick or maybe the Glen Rose Lady Tigers’ basketball team took the 10-day hiatus to recharge, relax and refocus.

Either way, (5-8, 0-2) Glen Rose used a strong second half to take an opening round win in the Aggieland Invitational away from Huntington, 45-42. The win, which was fueled by 32-23 run over the second half, also snapped the Lady Tigers’ five-game skid.

“We had a really good fourth quarter and didn’t run out of steam after five or six days off,” head coach Sheree Hill said. “Presley Grace really stepped it up on offense and Jaylan Evans did the same – especially in the second half.

“[…] We pressed the whole fourth quarter and that was kind of the difference in the game. We got them a little flustered and forced some easy turnovers that led to a few quick layups. I think they have a good feeling about what they accomplished.

Grace and Evans were huge for the Lady Tigers in Bryan on Monday afternoon, as the two accounted for 24 of the team’s 45 points.

After she scored Glen Rose’s only three points of the second quarter, Grace went on to score eight more points in the second half en route to her team-high 13 points. Evans, on the other hand, was a monster on the offensive end during her nine-point fourth quarter and totaled 11 points on the afternoon.

Evans is a junior and Grace a freshman, but the two were not the only underclassmen to contribute in the scoring department for the Lady Tigers. In actuality it was quite the contrary. All six Lady Tigers who tallied points were, in fact, underclassmen.

Laiken McAnear returned from a minor injury, which kept her out of the Lady Tigers’ last contest before the break, to score five points and knocked down the team’s only three pointer. Point guard Sydney Lozier scored six points – which included four in the team’s 20-point fourth quarter, Ally Andress scored nine points and Brittany Rosentreter rounded out the Glen Rose attack with one-point.  

“We have some young kids who are stepping up,” Hill said. “We even brought up freshman Lindsay Hartman to play some point guard for us and she did some good things, as well. The experience that some of the young players are getting is something that is going to be huge for us moving forward.”

The “moving forward” Hill referenced could mean as far ahead as Glen Rose’s 7:30 p.m. tilt against Lake Country Christian in tournament play. Or it could very well refer to the possibility of senior guard and leading scorer, Madi Gibson’s possible return from a foot injury following a follow-up, midweek doctor’s evaluation.

Whichever is the case, Hill and her Lady Tigers are focused on the task at hand and opportunity at hand prior to their return to District 11-3A play on Saturday, Jan. 2 at home against Peaster.

“I think getting away from [basketball] for a while was a good thing,” Hill said. “The girls always look forward to playing in this tournament, because it is a good way to bond. We started coming here years ago, and it is a good way for us to get to see teams that we don’t know anything about. It really forces us to have to adjust on the fly and I think that is something that is good for us long term.”

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