The Glenbrook JV Lady Apaches recently won the District 7-A Championship Tournament that was played ta Central School in Grand Cane.
The Lady Apaches entered the tournament as the #4 seed after a 16-8 regular season and 7-5 district mark.
"I'm so tremendously proud of these young ladies for how hard and smart we played in the tournament," Lady Apache head coach Gary Harris said. "They showed a lot of mental toughness and really refused to give in to the fact that we were the #4 seed and weren't supposed to win this thing."
The Lady Apaches faced the #1 seed Riverfield Academy in their first game.
Glenbrook trailed early and went into halftime with a 17-15 deficit. Riverfield would extend their lead to 25-19 after three periods, but the Lady Apaches got two huge three point field goals from point guard Catherine Willis to tie the game late and made nine of 12 free throws down the stretch to secure the win and earn a spot in the championship game.
Willis led the Lady Apaches with 11 points and Rayla Hardway scored 10. Kennedy Ayres scored five, Carsin Spurlock four, Kaitlyn Maloney three and Madison Turner had one.
The win over Riverfield put Glenbrook in the championship game versus #2 seed Claiborne Academy
The Lady Apaches led 6-5 after the first quarter, and then held C.A. to single basket in the second as they took a 12-7 lead into the half.
The Lady Apaches would take a 17-11 lead into the final period and then went on to win.
"We got up by as much as 11 early in the fourth but had to hold on," Harris said. "We knew Claiborne would make a run at us. They are a good team and well coached. We just told the girls to remain calm and be patient and when an opportunity came for a high percentage shot, to take it. When the final horn sounded, I think some of our kids were kind of shocked that we had won."
Harris was pleased with the way his team played.
"Our girls did a great job of keeping their guards out of the paint and forced them to take long, outside shots," he said. "We rebounded the best we have all year long during this tournament and that's what helped us win it. That and hitting some big time pressure shots. We got tremendous balance from our players and they all contributed."
Willis again led the team in scoring with eight points and Spurlock dropped in five. Hardaway, Maloney and Ayres all added four points each.
"We told them that these types of championships have to be won with tough, gritty, hard-nosed defensive efforts and that was without a doubt the best we'd played all year defensively. ," Harris said. "They truly picked the perfect time to play their absolute best basketball and because of that they got to pick up some hardware."
Harris hopes the tournament win will inspire his team in the future.
"This is a great stepping stone for this program and these girls," he said. " This shows them that the hard work and long days of practice does pay off sometimes. Hopefully this will motivate them to reach even higher and get even better. They are the foundation that this program is going to be built on."