"Getting the silver medal isn't too bad and they had a lot of fun."
Glendale reached the championship game after posting a 54-50 overtime victory against San Luis Obispo on July 21. In the title game, Hailey said the Panthers endured San Luis Obispo's physical play throughout. Glendale's Arman Atomyan made four three-pointers for a team-high 12 points and teammates Carl Mehrabian and Argin Sarkisian scored eight points apiece to stay close.
Atomyan made a three-pointer with 20 seconds left to bring Glendale to within 35-33. San Luis Obispo then made a free throw with five seconds remaining to make it 36-33, but Glendale's attempt to knot the game didn't come to fruition.
"We started out shaky and I think we expended our energy just to get there," Hailey said. "SLO readjusted and we made some changes and it came down to the last shot."
Atomyan said the state tournament proved to be a challenge.
"I'm very proud that we did well and got a medal," said Atomyan, who will attend Hoover High in the fall. "In the last game, we were ready to go and they were favored to win.
"We almost took it. You are going up against some of the best teams around and we nearly got the gold medal."
Glendale reached the championship game after rallying from an 11-point deficit in the second half to defeat San Luis Obispo the first time the teams played in the double-elimination format.
The Panthers began the tournament July 20 with a pair of games before attending the opening ceremonies at Qualcomm Stadium in front of nearly 20,000 spectators.