North Hopkins swept in regional quarterfinals
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Nov. 8, 2006 - WILLS POINT - The road for the North Hopkins Lady Panthers ended at the Class A, Region III quarterfinals with a three-set sweep by Cross Roads Tuesday night.

Cross Roads won by scores of 25-22, 25-12, 25-23 to advance to the regional tournament this weekend at the University of Texas-Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center.

"We could not do anything tonight," said NHHS coach Danna Lewis. "I am not taking anything away from Cross Roads, but if we had come to play like we did last week against Overton and Detroit it probably would have been a different ball game tonight. We just weren't on our game tonight."

In all three of the sets Tuesday night, the Lady Panthers fell behind by identical 3-0 scores and could not take advantage of the Lady Cats' miscues.

In Game 1, NH got out to a 16-10 lead behind two kills each from Ebbonye Johnson and Sabra Thomas before Cross Roads went on a 9-0 run to take a 19-16 lead. Johnson finished with seven kills, five assists and two blocks, while Thomas had five kills, six assists and one ace for the Lady Panthers.

During that run, Lady Cat junior Bo Miller had four kills and teammate Marissa Penney had two aces.

In Game 2, North Hopkins got to within 4-2 on a kill by Johnson and then Cross Roads outscored the Lady Panthers 21-10 the remainder of the game.

The Lady Cats took advantage of openings in the Lady Panthers defense, and Lewis said the team was not playing the way they know how to play.

"We weren't moving tonight and that is all that I can say," the coach said. "We just weren't playing our game."

The Lady Cats took their biggest lead of Game 2 during another 7-0 run at 20-8 as Miller had three kills. She finished with 12 kills and four blocks.

In Game 3, North Hopkins once again fell behind 3-0 as Sarah Baker, Miller and Penney had kills before Baker served the ball into the net for the Lady Panthers' first point.

Lewis said the Lady Panthers were having a hard time getting good passes to their setters and that played a role in the outcome.

"Our passing tonight was not what it needed to be and that is what killed us tonight," she said.

NHHS looked like they were going to extend the match to a fourth game as they held a 14-7 lead on an ace by KayLee Cotten, but the Lady Cats came back with a 13-6 run to tie the game at 20-20 as Lindsey Cross had three kills and Baker had two during that run. Baker finished with 10 kills in the match.

North Hopkins tied the game once again at 21-21 on a kill from Holli Argenbright, who finished with four kills and two blocks, but could not pull out the win.

After Hannah Martel blasted a kill on a Johnson assist for the 24-23 deficit, Miller blasted game point off an assist from Chasity Pryor for the 25-23 final. Pryor finished with 20 assists for the Lady Cats.

Lewis said even with the team being the District 18-A runner up this year, this season was a special season for the Lady Panthers.

"I tell you it was a great season. It was a group of girls that got farther than anybody expected," she said. "I am proud of them, and we had a good season and we have nothing to hang our heads about."

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