The Glenbrook Lady Apaches have played well recently, but they haven't been able to convert that improved play into wins, and they held true Tuesday night in a 40-39 loss to Cenla Christian Academy.
"I'm just so disheartened for these girls," Lady Apache head coach Gary Harris said. "The last three games they have played so hard and have gotten so much better, but we just can't finish it out and get a win. The team we played tonight is probably the second best team in our district and we almost knocked them off. I was tremendously proud of their effort and the way they just kept battling all night long."
Glenbrook and Cenla played to a 13-13 tie at the end of the first quarter and then Cenla took a 22-20 lead into halftime. The Lady Lions took the third quarter, 9-8, and the Lady Apaches took the fourth, 11-9 to come up just short.
"Cenla got a timely steal with 39-39 game with only a few seconds left," Harris said. " We fouled them and they made the first free throw. We called a time out and gave them a couple of scenarios and what we wanted to try to do."
After the time out, Cenla missed their second free throw and the Lady Apaches got the rebound.
"Lauren (Sims) made a nice move to get the ball into Kate's (Tracy) hands and we got a shot off, but it just didn't go in," Harris said. "As a coach, all you want in that situation is for your kids to execute and try to get off a shot and hope it goes down. It didn't, but I'm very proud of how far they've come this season. Our record doesn't show it, but they're starting to understand the game of basketball."
Sims and Tracy each led Glenbrook with 14 points and Melody Hanson added seven. Keely Kidd dropped in four.