The Glenbrook Apache and Lady Apache basketball teams traveled to Cleveland, Mississippi Wednesday to compete in the North AA state tournament, and unfortunately both teams saw their seasons end in the first round with a loss.
Both teams entered the playoffs as No. 3 seeds which paired each of them against the No. 1 seed from district 1-AA.
In the boys game, Glenbrook was defeated by Indianola Academy 53-39.
The Apaches entered the tournament on a hot streak, but couldn’t buy a basket against Indianola. It didn’t help that they committed 24 turnovers.
“We turned the ball over way too much,” Glenbrook head coach Jeff Dalton said. “We had one of our worst shooting nights of the season, shooting 26 percent.”
It was a disappointing finish to an up-and-down season.
“We just didn’t play like we had been the last few games,” Dalton said. “We didn’t have much enthusiasm and that’s on me. I thought I had the guys ready to play but I obviously didn’t. It was a bad way to end the season.”
Senior forward Cade Morgan led Glenbrook with 10 points and Schyler Powell scored 8 off the bench.
The Apaches will lose some firepower in departing seniors Cade Morgan, Caden Copeland and Sam Marvin, but return key contributors Cade Conterez, Garrett Sanders, Joseph Windham and Mason Hood for another chance at a playoff run.
Glenbrook finished the season at 17-11.
The Lady Apaches took on the No. 1 seed Kirk Academy Lady Raiders.
The Lady Apaches had a good game plan coming in, but Kirk Academy proved they were worthy of their ranking, topping Glenbrook 55-15.
“It was a very tough loss,” Lady Apache head coach Rendi Dillard said. “Kirk is one of the best teams in Class AA. I thought we handled the ball well tonight, we just couldn’t hit a shot tonight and they hit everything.”
Dillard wasn’t about to let the playoff loss define the Lady Apaches’ season.
“The season as a whole was a success,” Dillard said. “This is a special group of girls and they won some big games this year.
The Glenbrook girls basketball program is changing and it all started with this group of girls. I couldn’t be more proud of them and we are sad to see it end.”
The Lady Apaches ended the season with a 13-11 record.