Monday night, the Lady Panthers lost to Parkview Baptist’s Lady Eagles, falling short in round two of the playoffs after having a first round bye.
Parkview took the victory in 3 of the 4 games.
“Coming into the game, we were confident,” said Brusly Head Coach Karen Wooley. “We changed up a few things, but it really didn’t help us. They were better all around.”
In the first game, the Lady Eagles were ahead 2-1, but a kill by Johnee LeBlanc and an ace by Kylie Tolar tied the teams 3-all. A kill by Caitlyn Williams, Chloe Richard’s tip over the net, and an ace by Keeley Martin kept the Panthers even with the Eagles. A tip by Bria Granville earned a point for Brusly, giving them 7 to Parkview’s 8. Saves by Brianna Granville and Chloe Richard led to another point for the Panthers. Richard killed to tie it up 10-10, but Parkview took the lead 15-12. Bria Granville’s spike and Brianna Granville’s kill only left the Panthers trailing by 2. LeBlanc’s tip earned Brusly’s 21st point with Parkview at game point. The Eagles won the first game 25-22.
The Lady Panthers began the next game with a 2-1 lead. Parkview started to make a comeback, but spikes by LeBlanc and Williams on top of a block by Williams kept the teams neck-and-neck. Victoria Genusa’s hit over the ball earned another point for Brusly, tying them again 8-8. Another kill and block by Williams put the Lady Panthers back in the lead 14-13. Brianna Granville’s two kills brought the score to 20-17 with Brusly ahead, but the Eagles quickly caught up to tie it at 23. A kill by Williams scored the game winning point, ending the second game with a 25-23 win for Brusly.
LeBlanc scored the Panthers’ first point of the third game with a tip over the net. A kill and a tip by Shelby Willis brought the score to 3-2. Two consecutive tips by Richard chalked up two more points for Brusly, but it wasn’t enough to catch up with Parkview’s 10-7 lead. With the Eagles ahead 10-17, Martin was able to keep the ball in play, resulting in another point for the Panthers. Martin then served an ace earning Brusly’s 15th point to Parkview’s 19. Two kills by Williams and a tip by Richard brought the score to a close 21-19, but Parkview ultimately won 25-20.
LeBlanc opened the fourth game with a point-earning spike for the Lady Panthers. Two more kills by LeBlanc tied the teams 4-all. A lengthy volley including a tip by Willis, a spike by Williams, and a play-saving dig by Genusa gained the Panthers another point. Williams killed two more times giving Brusly a 9-6 lead; however, the Eagles fought back and surpassed the Panthers with a 16-10 lead. Brianna Granville and Williams each scored a point with a kill, and Claire Daigle’s dive resulted in a successful save, giving Williams another opportunity to slam the ball onto the Eagles’ side of the court. The Panthers clawed their way to tie the Eagles at 22 after a spike by Bria Granville. Richard’s spike tied the teams 23-23, but Parkview took the victory, 25-23.
“I felt like we wanted it, but we didn’t work enough for it, and they did,” said Coach Karen Wooley. “They just did better, and they worked harder.”