The Glenn girls’ basketball team made history this season.
After finishing with just four wins overall in their first ever season a year ago, the Lady Grizzlies came in third place in District 19-4A and won the first playoff game in school history.
“The players just bought in,” Glenn head coach Jordan Ramey said. “They decided they just didn’t want a repeat of what last year was. The whole group decided they wanted to leave something that can be talked about for however long Glenn is a school.”
The Lady Grizzlies beat La Grange 44-31 in the first round of the playoffs last Tuesday. They fell to China Spring 58-32 in the area round on Friday night.
There was a lot of talk amongst the coaches and players before the season started about what kind of legacy the team wanted to leave. Next year will be the first senior class at the school.
When they started last season, the team had girls from five different schools that had never played with each other long term.
The Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA have adopted the phrase “Trust the Process” as a way to remind fans and players that a few poor seasons will hopefully lead to greatness down the road. Ramey has had the same mindset in his first two years with Glenn.
“We’re still learning, and we’re still focused on the process,” he said. “This is not my team. This is their team and they have a unique opportunity here because they’re playing with the same people for two or three years.”
Before the district started, the Lady Grizzlies traveled to play in the Dripping Springs tournament. Rouse won the tournament, but Glenn beat Hays and Lehman — both 6A programs — which was when the attitude started to shift.
District play began with a loss to defending state finalists and state-ranked No. 1 Liberty Hill, but Glenn followed that up with wins on the road against Taylor and at home against Salado to get to 2-1 in district play at Christmas break.
“It kind of got that monkey off our back of 'Can we win a district game?',” Ramey said. “When we beat Salado, we knew we could do this. I think they kind of thought it was out there, but they really felt it after that game.”
Once the district was over, the team had a week to process the first playoff game and prepare for La Grange.
Sophomore Gabby Thomas was a middle blocker for the Glenn volleyball team, which was the first team from Glenn to qualify for the postseason earlier this year. Also a contributor on the girls’ basketball team, she wanted to talk to the team about how it felt to be in the postseason.
“They hear me say things all the time, and it probably goes in one ear and out the other sometimes,” Ramey said. “But when one of your teammates says it, I think they realized it was just another basketball game.”
Ramey said there wasn’t one single player that stood out, and scoring was distributed across the entire roster. In the win that sealed their playoff berth, four players scored in double figures and nearly everybody was on the scoresheet, while in the postseason win against La Grange, just one player finished with double-digit scoring.
Glenn moves up to Class 5A next season and will be in a district with Cedar Park, Rouse, Marble Falls, Pflugerville, Connally and Weiss.
“My expectation is that we continue to grow, no matter what that looks like,” Ramey said. “I have no idea how it’s going to go next year, but I do know the things we can control as a team and what we’re going to do in the offseason to prepare.”