Whitney stymies Lady Panthers

By Mary Wendell | Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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FINAL GAME – Jett Preather and Makenna Burt go up for a block against Whitney during the Lady Panther bi-district playoff game Monday. Messenger photo by Mary Wendell

The Paradise Lady Panthers were unable to keep their season alive Monday, falling to the Whitney Wildcats in the Region II bi-district playoff game at Burleson 24-26, 22-25, 18-25.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a great start in the first match, leading 9-0 early but were unable to keep up the momentum.

It was the same story in the second set, when the Lady Panthers scored the first four points, but were unable to hold onto the lead.

“I really felt like if we would’ve won the first game, we would’ve won it,” said Paradise coach Susie Burt. “We had a big run and we looked great, but we’re young and inexperienced, and we started feeling it. We didn’t know how to fight through it.”

The Lady Panthers roster has only two seniors.

Burt hopes the experience gained this season will be a valuable asset heading into next season.

“Maybe next year we won’t put this much pressure on ourselves, and we’ll just step up and play,” Burt said. “I think they’re going to be better, and they’re going to step up and play.”

Makenna Burt led the Lady Panthers in kills with 11 while Jett Praether added seven. Burt also led the team in blocks with three and Reagan Taylor had two. Kaylee McConnel finished with four aces.

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