MONROE —The Glenbrook JV girls and boys competed this past Wednesday and Thursday in the River Oaks JV Tournament in Monroe.
The Lady Apache junior high girls went 2-0 in the tournament with wins over rival Claiborne Academy 25-23 and Prairie View 35-31.
The Lady Apaches are 2-0 on the young season.
Glenbrook 25, Claiborne Academy 23
Scoring: Catherine Willis 7, Jessica Mangrum 6, Rayla Hardaway 6, Kennedy Ayres 4, and Kathy Driskill 2.
"I'm just so proud of the way we competed," Lady Apaches head coach Gary Harris said. " We lost one of our best players (Carsin Spurlock) to an injury in the jamboree and didn't have a lot of time to get someone else ready to start. For the girls to beat their rival in a comeback missing Carsin was a great confidence shot for us."
Harris said his team fought hard and never gave up.
" We battled back and forth with them all night and fell behind by six or seven with only a couple of minutes to play." he said. " But they kept doing what I asked them to do and got themselves back into the game with some big defensive steals and finishes on the offensive end. Rayla Hardaway got some big rebounds for us, Jessica Mangrum got some big steals out of our press and Kennedy Ayres calmly stuck two free throws that got us to within one with about 15 seconds to play. We put them on the line, got a huge rebound and Catherine Willis pulled up and drained a big three pointer with three seconds to play to give us the win."
Glenbrook 35, Prairie View 31
Leading scorers: Rayla Hardaway 18, Jessica Mangrum 7, Catherine Willis 6, and Kennedy Ayres 4.
"We didn't play nearly as well against Prairie View as we did against Claiborne," Harris said. "Their size and press gave us some trouble early and it took us a while to settle down. I was concerned with how big they were, but thought we could outrun them down the floor."
Harris said turnovers hurt the Lady Apaches early.
"We turned the ball over way too many times. We have to get into the gym and fix a lot of the mistakes we made in this game," he said. " But once again, in the last two minutes of the game, we were clutch. Rayla had a great game for us. She put us on her back and carried us to the win with big baskets inside late and a couple of monster rebounds. She has the potential to be a very special player with more development. I told the girls in the lockerroom that it was an ugly win, but the bottom line is that we are learning how to finish close games. That should pay huge dividends for us as the season progresses."