Ladycats wrap up season with honors

Players cheer as their teammates get a block.

They called the game “one for the ages.” For the third year in a row, the Ladycats were to face the Windthorst Trojanettes in the Region 1-2a Finals.

“I knew it was going to be an intense game,” junior Audry Lopez said.

Despite coming out on top last year, the Ladycats fell to the Trojanettes after taking the game to five sets.

“We knew what to expect and were confident,” Lopez said, “but we didn’t get the outcome we had hoped for.”

Next year’s team, junior Eliot Hilbers said, will use this loss as motivation.

“We need to be stronger mentally,” she said. “We’re going to do everything we can to not feel that again.”

The start of the season was a little rough, senior Madison Lucido said.

“I’ll admit the beginning was rocky,” she said, “and no one thought we would be as successful as last year because we got a new coach and everything was new.”

But Lucido said that the girls overcame the difficulties for a successful season overall.

“Even though we didn’t make it to state,” she said, “I still felt like we accomplished a lot and had great season.”

Seniors Madison Lucido and Morgan Knobloch along with junior Bailey Rice were named to the Region 1-2a All- Tournament Team.

“Regardless of the fact that we didn’t make it to where we wanted to go,” Coach Krissa Johnson said, “it was still a great season. I couldn’t have asked for a better first year here.”

The following district honors were awarded:

Outstanding Hitter-

Morgan Knobloch

Outstanding Defense-

Madison Lucido

Outstanding Setter-

Eliot Hilbers

Outstanding Blocker-

Lauren Castles

Newcomer of the Year- Kacey Hasley

First Team All-District- Audry Lopez and Bailey Rice

Second Team All-District- Grace Morris and Sierra Mooney

Honorable Mention- Sarah Graves and Maeley Herring

The entire team, including junior Olivia Kellar, senior Kaylynn Crow (manager) and junior Kennedy Huseman (statistician) earned Academic All-District.

Lucido, Knobloch and Rice were named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team. Each senior on the team, Knobloch, Lucido, Graves and Crow, earned Academic All-State.