The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs fell in the first round of the 2A State Volleyball Playoffs to Newton-Conover 3-0; 25-20, 25-18, 25-21.
The Lady Mustangs end their season with a 19-10 record and a Southern Piedmont Tournament Championship.
Kassi Henry paced East Lincoln with seven kills, eight digs one roof and one ace in the last match of her prep career.
Lauren Sharpe had 13 kills, eight blocks, three roofs, four digs and one ace, while Krista Abernathy had 24 assists, three digs and one block.
Brittany Lackey chipped in five kills and eight digs in the loss.
Head coach JT Spanos was proud of everything his team had accomplished, but also disappointed.
â€œI would like to thank the girls for playing so hard this year and improving from 6-16 last season,â€ he said. â€œBut our goals of the second round of the states and 20 wins eluded us again.â€
Lady Mustangs tennis
The season came to an end for East Lincolnâ€™s talented duo of Candace Hall/Janna Mills in the individual regionals last Friday at Catawba College.
Hall/Mills defeated Francie Schmidt/Sarah Davis 6-3, 6-1 in the first round.
In the quarterfinals, they lost to Ashley Auman/Allyson Frick 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Despite the loss, head coach Mike Davis has been pleased with their solid play all season.
â€œThey exceeded all of my expectations for the season. Both girls worked extremely hard through the summer and showed great improvement throughout the year,â€ he said. â€œEven though they lost a tight match they could have won, I believe they will take away more in the loss than if they had won and qualified for states,â€ he added.
â€œFortunately, theyâ€™ll be back next year with a chance to improve on their finish.â€
Lady Falcons softball
Sarah Martin pitched a no-hitter last Wednesday in a 10-0 victory over West Lincoln.
East Lincolnâ€™s Martin allowed only two walks in addition to her memorable game, helping the Falcons win the Eastern Divison Championship of the Tri-County Conference.
The Lady Falcons will play either Chase or Crest for the Tri-County Conference Championship tomorrow at home.
Leading hitters against the Chiefs were: Peyton Honeycutt with three singles and a double, Lindsey Wright with two singles and a double and Taylor Gaggio with two singles.
Kelcey Alley contributed a triple to the victory, while Emily Kosmala singled.
Pruitt gives commitment
Randi Pruitt, a senior at Maiden High School, has given head coach Steve Johnson of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke a verbal commitment to continue her softball career as a Brave.
Pruitt, an all-conference performer, played in the Super World Series in Peoria, Illinois with her travel team. She will take numerous awards with her to UNCP, including defensive player of the year.
She is the daughter of Randy and Donna and the granddaughter of Jeanie and Tom Childers of Granite Falls. Pruitt has been under the direction of head coach Katrina Smith.
by John Mark Brooks