Father Ryan High School girls’ basketball team finished short of its goal of a state championship, but that shouldn’t dull the luster of a 25-3 season, Coach Jason Larkin told his players.
“We told them you can’t define our season on this one game,” Larkin said after the Lady Irish fell 52-35 to Ensworth in the semifinals of the Division II-AA state tournament on Thursday, March 2, at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. “They put everything they had into each and every day.”
Father Ryan won its first 21 games of the season and rode the streak to the top ranking in Division II-AA in the state.
But in the semifinal game against Ensworth, Father Ryan started the game ice cold and fell behind 20-1 early in the second quarter. The closest they could get after than was to cut the deficit to 10 points.