MIDLOTHIAN — The Jaguars lost their second of back-to-back defeats Tuesday at MHHS Gymnasium, falling 49-43 to Glen Rose High School and fourth place in District 8-4A.
Despite sprinting to a 17-13 first-quarter lead, The Lady Tigers, with the help of junior Ally Andress, outscored Midlothian Heritage High School (16-9, 2-3) in each of the next three quarters — including a 9-4 third.
"We actually played pretty well in the second quarter up until the end of the half," said Jaguar coach Jason Hodges. "To be honest, some calls didn't go our way and I believe that fatigue began to set in after the OT game the night before against Stephenville. But you have to give Glen Rose credit. They did a good job of containing our dribble drive."
Andress had 26 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks and hit one of the Lady Tigers' shots from the 3-point line. Only one other player had more than four points and Kashanna Bryant and Brittany Rosentreter — two of the four girls had baskets during the game — scored four and three points, respectively.
Jasmine Bailey scored 15 points in her return to MHHS Gymnasium after scoring 15 in the overtime loss to state-ranked No. 10 Stephenville High School, raising her district average to 10.6 points per game. Emma Arnold finished with nine points, five rebounds and two blocks and Kaylee Robinson scored five points on 2-for-4 shooting on 2-point field goals and 1-for-1 from three.
Four other players — Lexi Kennedy (3), Allie Smith (3), Saige Klor (2) and Blythe Williams (2) — combined for the remaining 10 points scored by Midlothian Heritage.
"I think we were just tired. We had played an OT game the night before against No. 10 Stephenville. We played extremely hard the first half but I just think we ran out of gas," Hodges said.
If not for struggles in the third and fourth quarter, he said, the Jaguars would've bounced back from the loss to Stephenville and avoided their two-game skid. Their position in district in District 8-4, can be improved with a couple of key wins, though.
"With that loss, we dropped to fourth in the standings and a game behind Glen Rose," Hodges continued. "We're still two games ahead of Life Waxahachie and one and a half ahead of Venus — which makes Friday's game against Venus huge. We need to take care of business and worry about us."
The Jaguars are scheduled to play Venus High School at 6:30 p.m. Friday at VHS Gymnasium. The (10-15, 1-4) Lady Bulldogs and 16.3 point-per-game leading scorer Peyton Wiley lost back-to-back games to Stephenville and Glen Rose.
They fell to seventh place in the district behind Life Waxahachie High School and ahead of winless Alvarado High School after the 21-point loss to the Lady Tigers.
"We need to continue to focus on what we do," Hodges said. "The girls were upset about the Stephenville and Glen Rose losses, but they have been resilient all year. This game is just as important as the one next Friday at Alvarado — we treat every game the same. We still have the second half of district play and there's a long way to go before the season ends and the final game is played on February 7."
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