The Glenbrook Lady Apaches haven’t been known as MAIS contenders in the past decade of play, consistently falling short of reaching the state tournament year after year, but Wednesday night in front of their home fans, the Lady Apaches outlasted a scrappy Franklin Academy team, 35-26.
With the win, the Lady Apaches (23-3) secured a spot in the state tournament, but still have a lot of work to do if they wish to win the South State Tournament, or at least improve their seeding for the Overall State Tournament.
Franklin Academy came into last night’s game as the No. 2 seed out of district 5AA and looked the part by holding Glenbrook scoreless through the first five minutes of the game.
The Lady Apaches had to scratch and claw their way to the win, literally and figuratively, as officials let both teams play through what looked like clear fouls.
Regardless of the means, Glenbrook will take the result.
“It was not pretty,” Lady Apache head coach Rendi Dillard said. “But we got the job done. We battled on both ends of the floor and ultimately our defense won the game for us.”
with 2:56 to play in the first quarter Glenbrook finally got on the board thanks to a bucket from Kate Marvin, who scored the first four points for Glenbrook to snap the team out of their sluggish start.
At the end of the first Glenbrook trailed 7-4, but were able to jump out to a 18-12 halftime lead with a strong second quarter.
“We came out of the gate a little nervous,” Dillard said. “that caused some unforced turnovers. Once we got the lead we were able to hold it despite Franklin making a couple runs.”
In the crucial minutes of the fourth quarter, Glenbrook’s lead was cut to two points at 28-26, but with time ticking away Franklin started to foul. Free throws have plagued the Lady Apaches in two losses to Claiborne Academy this season, but on this night Carsin Spurlock and Amelia Christy stepped up and knocked down six of six free throws to ice the game and stave off the upset bid by the Lady Cougars.
“I’m so proud of the effort down the stretch,” Dillard said.
Carsin Spurlock led Glenbrook with 12 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Olivia Dalton with 10 points and 18 rebounds. Marvin added seven big points in support.
The Lady Apaches will take on Claiborne Academy, Friday at 5:15 for s spot in the finals.