Henrietta took a decisive win over Amarillo Highland in the first set of the Region I semifinal Friday in Abilene, but a change in momentum midway through the second set signaled the end of the Lady Cats season.
Henrietta opened the match with a 25-17 final in the first match, but fell 21-25, 18-25, 15-25 in the next three.
“Even though we lost today, they left it all on the court,” said Lady Cat Head Coach Rochelle Kabisch of her team. “They played hard, they hustled after balls, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Both teams took the court in the first set ready to play. Henrietta battled back from a four-point deficit and took a 12-10 lead before pulling away from the Lady Hornets.
The second set began in much the same fashion, but with the roles reversed. Henrietta took an early four-point lead, but Highland Park came back for a 20-18 lead. The Hornets controlled the net for the four point win, and reversed the tide.
Highland Park opened the third and fourth sets with leads Henrietta could not overcome.
But they tried.
Joyana Zamzow, CassiePickett and Anni Scholl served up aces in the second, third and fourth sets, while well timed kills gave Henrietta hope.
Scholl led the Lady Cat offense with 10 kills, and recorded 17digs. Sierra Burkhart scored 10 kills, followed by Zamzow with seven kills, two aces and two digs. Taylor Bennett finished with seven kills, while Cassie Pickett, in the libero position, had two aces and 16 digs. Setters Kenzie Kirk and Katie Halsell finished with 22 and 17 assists, respectively.
The Lady Cats finished the season with a 31-9 record, and went undefeated in District 8-2A, Division II.
Henrietta loses seven seniors this year, leaving the Lady Cats with key positions to fill.
“It’s going to be a rebuilding year, but our younger girls had playing time this year, so they know what this feels like. Everybody wants to be a winner,” said Kabisch.