HoCo, Perry fall in Sweet 16

Houston County and Perry both fell in the Sweet 16 Tuesday.

The Lady Bears – in Class AAAAAA – lost 3-0 to Effingham County while the Lady Panthers – in Class AAAA – were shut out by Northside, Columbus, also 3-0.

Houston County dropped the first set 25-10. It came oh so close to winning the second, but was edged out 25-23, and then lost the third in the best-of-five, 25-18.

“Disappointed in the loss,” said Head Coach Maria Huelsman, “but I love how the girls dug in and fought. Then never gave up.

“We just hit the ball where they were and they made great digs where they were not.  I’m ‘stoked’ at our defense on the net.  Maira Marsh, Kennedi Moore, Isabella Luigi and Destiny Pallord were shutting their offense down. We just were a half step late on digs and that is what hurt us the most.”

Huelsman added seven were graduating this year, but: “I’m excited about who’s coming up in the ranks!”

Perry, against a Lady Patriots squad that finished the regular season 8-0 at home, fell in the first 25-11. It then lost the second, 25-13 and third, 25-12.

“Northside, Columbus is a strong team with many good players, so I must give them credit,” said Lady Panthers Head Coach Terri Hunt.

She added: “It has been a great ride and I am very proud of our accomplishments this season.”

Also, “Since we are losing only one senior, I expect that our Perry Lady Panthers will come back in full force next year ready to compete again.”