It was the same round of the playoffs and the same opponent where the North Lamar season ended a year ago. Spring Hill knocked out the Pantherettes in 2014 in four sets. This year, the venue was different but the outcome was the same. North Lamar lost in three straight sets to the sixth ranked Lady Panthers of Spring Hill (14-25, 14-25, 14-25).
For North Lamar, this was easily the worst game they played all season. Not the best time for that to happen either.
"Not our best time to do that," head coach Kathy Barker said after the game. "You can't do that on the last game in the playoffs."
The Pantherettes finished their season with a 35-7 record heading into the playoffs. They were 10-0 in district play and only lost three sets during those ten games. However against Spring Hill, North Lamar never really got into a rhythm. They had a tough time breaking serve at times and several unforced errors really cost the team throughout the game.
Of course they were playing the sixth ranked team in the state as well. A team that knows how to win big games and expects to win those games.
"They've been to the regional tournament the last four or five years in a row," coach Barker said. "That whole group right there has been there. We've got to just push a little bit further to get the same thing going here."
For North Lamar, there's nothing to hang their heads about. It was an amazing year regardless of the outcome against Spring Hill.
"It really was a good season," Barker said afterwards.
From the Panther Press, we would like to say congratulations to the North Lamar Pantherettes on a job well done and a terrific season.