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Patrick County falls one win short of state tournament
Cave Spring sweeps previously unbeaten Cougars in Region IV semifinals
In this photo from Nov. 1's Piedmont District tournament championship game, Patrick County's Hannah Helbert smashes a kill. Helbert and the Cougars fell to Cave Spring 3-0 on Wednesday in the Region IV semifinals at Hidden Valley High School. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Thursday, November 8, 2012
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
The Patrick County volleyball team’s dream season came to an abrupt end Wednesday night in the Region IV semifinals at Hidden Valley High School.
The Cougars, who were unbeaten going into the game, lost to Cave Spring in three games, falling 25-23, 25-11, 25-21.
Piedmont District Player of the Year Hannah Helbert tallied 13 kills and eight digs in her last game for the Cougars, but it wasn’t enough against the No. 2 seed from the River Ridge District.
“We really played with them in the first and third game, but the second game was us kind of going crazy,” Patrick County head coach Heid Moore said.
With the loss, Patrick County (23-1) was stopped one win short of their goal for the season, making the Group AA state tournament. The top two teams in each region make the state tournament, and Cave Spring punched their ticket to that tournament by making today’s final against Hidden Valley.
Moore said the Cougars were disappointed at how close they came to their goal, which put a damper on an otherwise stellar season.
“The other stuff was great,” Moore said, “but this was what mattered.”
Other notables for Patrick County were Beth Williams (20 assists), T’Keyah Hines (three kills, five blocks), Karleigh Wilkinson (six kills, two blocks) and Logan Martin (11 digs).
Moore said the Cougars were within one point of Cave Spring for almost all of a back-and-forth first game, and Patrick County actually led 20-18 late in the third game.
But Cave Spring won seven of the next eight points to come away with the 3-0 victory.
Patrick County also fell in the Region IV semifinals last season, that time to eventual state champion Hidden Valley.
“You always want to get to that next step,” Moore said. “We wanted to get to states.”