The Glenbrook Lady Apaches closed out their regular season with a 39-31 win over Franklin Academy Friday night.
"We didn't play our best game of the season by a longshot," Lady Apaches head coach Gary Harris said. "But I'm very proud of our girls for gutting it out and getting a win. We had a pretty good showing on Senior Night against a tough opponent the night before and I think we were flat because of it."
The Lady Apaches led 18-4 at the end of the first quarter and 27-12 at the half. Franklin out-scored Glenbrook, 19-12 in the second half.
"We jumped out to an early lead and I think kind of relaxed a little bit," Harris said. "That allowed Franklin back into the game and we started to turn it over and make careless mistakes and before you know it the game is close."
The Lady Apaches moved to 10-16 on the season with the win and finished district slate at 5-7.
"I've been told that it's been quite a while since that's happened for Glenbrook's girls basketball program so we've set another benchmark for turning this program around," Harris said. " We had two goals at the beginning of the year, reaching double digits in wins and making the South State tournament and we've accomplished both of those."
The Lady Apaches will play Tuesday at 6:30 pm vs. Tallulah Academy in the MAIS South A State tournament.
Tallulah is the #1 seed from District 6-A. The South State will be hosted by Claiborne Academy.
A win vs. the Lady Trojans would put Glenbrook into the South State semi-finals as well as qualify for the State A Tournament next week in Marks, MS.
Lauren Sims led the Lady Apaches with 16 points, and Hannah Harris had eight. Kate Tracy added five points.
"Although we've made the South State tournament, I told them after the game that now we need to not be satisfied with that and set a higher goal," Harris said. "Our goal now is to pull off the upset over Tallaluh this week and advance to the State Tournament. Advancing to the State Tournament would be icing on the cake for what has already been a successful first year."