Lady Panthers beat Bryant, fall to Southside in state tourney
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The Cabot Lady Panthers volleyball team went 1-1 in the Class 7A state tournament last week at Panther Arena.
Cabot beat Bryant in four games before falling to eventual state champion Fort Smith Southside in three games in the second round.
The Lady Panthers ended their season at 15-12. It was Cabot’s best finish during DeAnna Campbell’s first three years as coach. The win over Bryant was Cabot’s first state tournament victory since 2004 when the Lady Panthers, coached by Terry Williams, beat Sheridan in four games in the Class AAAAA tournament in the old CHS gymnasium. The scores were 25-22, 25-14, 22-25, 26-24.
In the first round of this year’s tournament, Cabot beat the Lady Hornets in four games. The scores were 25-19, 18-25, 25-18 25-15.
Bryant led early in the first game but Cabot rallied to tie the game at 9-9.
Cabot led 19-15 on the serve of Haylee Callison. Taylor Bitely got a block to end the first game.
Bryant won the second game 25-18. Cabot then scored the first six points of the Game 3 on the serve of Bailee Uhiren.
Bryant pulled to within four at 21-17 before Cabot got the win. Kaitlyn Pitman served the final point with Lakin Best getting a kill to end the game.
In the fourth game, Cabot took a 10-5 lead on the serve of Best.
Bryant tried to keep it close, pulling to within four 16-12 before Cabot forced a sideout.
From there, Pitman served four consecutive winners to give the Lady Panthers a 21-12 lead. Bryant was able to score a few points and pull to within seven at 22-15.
Best then served the final two points, which included a kill by Bitely, to give the Lady Panthers their first tournament win since 2004.
In the second round against Southside, the Lady Panthers lost the first game 25-17 and led only 2-1 in the second game before the Confederettes pulled away for the 25-16 win.
Southside won the third game 25-13.
The loss was the final match for six seniors — Lakin Best, Kaitlyn Pitman, Becca Moffett, Raven Gilbert, Taylor Bitely and Bailee Uhiren.