Seniors Nicole Hall, Calah Bynum and Lindsey Smith played their final high school game Saturday and, justifiably so, were overwhelmed with emotions.
â€œItâ€™s really hard to come out here and lose because we really thought we would be in the championship game tomorrow. Itâ€™s really hard to take the loss, but thereâ€™s not really anything you can do about it. We tried our best,â€ Hall said.
Bynum, who turned in the most spectacular defensive play for the Knights, was also sad, but chose to focus on the silver lining.
â€œGoing to the Final Four, because this is the only sport I play, Iâ€™ve never done anything like this and Iâ€™ll always remember it. Just coming here and winning all those games to get here in the playoffs,â€ she said, recalling some of the memories sheâ€™s made over the past two years.
Smith, who was disappointed with her own play, was in shock her varsity career was over.
â€œIt was really great we made it two years in a row, especially being a first year school. But it really is disappointing if youâ€™re a senior and itâ€™s the last sport youâ€™re going to play,â€ she said as her voice cracked as tears came to her eyes.
Each senior had their own shining moment during the weekend.
Hall was effective in relief in all three games. Bynum robbed opponents of hits and Smith knocked in a run in the teamâ€™s win over Gates County.
While the team didnâ€™t achieve their goal of winning the state crown, the seniors still tried to remain upbeat.
â€œItâ€™s been a pretty good season. At the beginning of the season, it was kind of shaky. We finally came around in the playoffs,â€ Hall said.
â€œWe didnâ€™t play like we shouldâ€™ve. The seasonâ€™s been good and Iâ€™m glad we made it as far as last year. At least we didnâ€™t do any worse,â€ Bynum said.
by John Mark Brooks