The Glen Rose Lady Tigers basketball team picked up more momentum last week by winning the Glen Rose Lions Club Tournament at Tiger Arena, winning all four games played and knocking down some school records along the way thanks to Sydney Lozier and her teammates.
In the Gold Bracket championship match Saturday afternoon, the Lady Tigers defeated Gatesville 46-25, getting 23 points and 15 rebounds from Ally Andress. It was only the second loss for Gatesville (8-2). Coach Ramsey Ghazal's Lady Tigers entered the game ranked No. 9 in the TGCA Class 4A state poll while Gatesville was 14th. GRHS was No. 16 in the TABC's state poll, while Gatesville was No. 18.
After Tuesday night’s victory over Huckabay, the Lady Tigers improved to 9-0 on the season and moved up to No. 4 in the TABC rankings. They remained ninth in the TGCa poll.
Ghazal said his squad played well defensively for the entire game against Gatesville, but that they may have been a little nervous in the first half because it was on a “bigger stage,” for the tournament title.
“That’s always been our staple here,” Ghazal said. “We’ve played enough basketball and we’re good enough that … we started to relax.
“I told the girls we have a very good chance to be a dominant team in our region. We’ve got a lot of pieces to the puzzle there.”
In their first Gold Bracket contest, Friday against Burnet, the Lady Tigers rolled to a 66-28 victory. The Lady Tigers pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring Burnet 27-8 for a 40-19 advantage at halftime.
They sank 10 shots from 3-point range, which erased a school record they had just set the day before, when they had 8 3-pointers against Burnet.
Sydney Lozier led GRHS in scoring versus Brunet with 16 points, followed by Bree Baker with 15, Ally Andress with 14 and Hailey Ibarra with 12. Ibarra led in rebounding with 11.
In their first pool play game of the tournament Thursday morning, the Lady Tigers outscored Pilot Point 74-22 as Andress scored 32 points. Laiken McAnear added 14 and Ibarra scored 11 and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds.
On Thursday afternoon, the Lady Tigers brought out all their artillery, establishing an all-time girls basketball school record for points in a game that they set last season, beating Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal School, 89-21. In that contest, Lozier broke the school’s individual record for 3-point shots made in one game, hitting eight of them with 57 percent shooting on the way to a team-leading 24-point performance. Andress added 23 points and McAnear scored 18.
Laiken McAnear, Sydney Lozier, Hailey Ibarra and Andress were selected for the all-tournament team.
The Glen Rose varsity girls will be playing in the Hillsboro Tournament through Saturday, and will be home on Tuesday to take on Godley for their District 8-4A opener (varsity at 6 p.m., JV at 4:30).