Riverfield runs in the first and fourth quarters of Tuesday night's game against Glenbrook were enough to pace the visiting team to a 62-48 victory over our local Lady Apaches.
"We just ran out of gas in the fourth period," Lady Apache coach Gary Harris said. "Both Lauren Sims and Keely Kidd got into some very early foul trouble and it forced us to play some girls who haven't played a lot this year."
On top of the foul trouble, Harris said one of the team's post players was sick.
"That completely throws off your rotation when you only have eight players," he said. "We're scrapping and battling but just can't seem to get over the hump right now."
The loss drops the Lady Apaches to 4-7 on the season and 0-2 in District 7A.
Depsite the loss, Harris was pleased with the way the girls played.
"I was really pleased with the effort we gave in this game," he said. "Our kids fought their tails off and just kept fighting to get back into it. We went on a furious run right before the half to cut it down to two. And that gave us some momentum coming out in the third period."
But then the fourth quarter came and the game slipped away.
"About midway through the fourth, the fouls and lack of depth hurt us," Harris said. "But this was a winnable game for us for about 28 minutes. We have to get ourselves in better condition to be able to finish a game like this."
High scorers for the Lady Apaches were Kate Tracy with 26, Macie Branch with 11, Lauren Sims with seven, Melody Hanson with three and Keely Kidd with one.
"Kate continues to show that she's a threat from the outside," the coach said of his leading scorer. "She had a big game offensively for us. And teams are trying to slow her down and she still has gotten loose for some big shots."
Tracy knocked down six three point baskets for Glenbrook.
"I thought Macie played her best game of the season," Harris said of Macie Branch's 11 points. "She rebounded better and made some tough shots when we were trying to get back in the game."
As for Laruen Sims, the coach said she shouldn't have played but there was "no way she was gonna sit this one out."
"She's such a competitor and really gutted it out on a bad foot for us," Harris said. "I'm really proud of the toughness we're starting to develop. This team is going to win some games this year. We're just in a very rough part of our schedule and I'm trying to get them to understand that it's making us a better basketball team."