Lady Panthers compete in tennis Sectional

Staff report

PORTSMOUTH — The Miami Trace Lady Panthers competed in the Division II Sectional tournament Tuesday and Wednesday last week in Portsmouth.

At first singles, Anita Pursell had a bye in the first round.

Pursell played Emma Maden from Portsmouth Notre Dame and won, 6-0, 6-0 in the second round.

Then in the third round she played Jackson’s Alyson Bragg and won a tough three set match with a score of 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7).

Then on Wednesday morning she played Washington’s Megan Downing and fell, 1-6, 4-6.

Then into the bottom bracket for 5th or 6th seed at Districts where she played Waverly’s Alli Entler. Waverly got the win with a score of 6-3, 6-2.

Bayley Thompson played second singles for Miami Trace. She also had a bye for the first match. In the second round Thompson went up against Victoria Thomas from Wheelersburg and lost, 4-6, 0-6.

Beth Hogsett played third singles and also had a bye the first round.

Hogsett had a tough second round opponent, second 2nd seed Lea Wright from Wheelersburg.

“Beth played her very well for it being only the third time this year that she played singles but Lea won, 6-0, 6-0,” Miami Trace head coach Kim Schirtzinger said.

At first doubles, seniors Cassie VanDyke and Jackie Wisecup played Lauren Delabar and Grace Beckett.

“They did a great job winning this match with a 6-2, 6-2 score,” Schirtzinger said.

In the second round they went up against the Wheelersburg team of Maddie Gill and Kaitlyn Sommer.

“This match was much tougher and we could not pull out the win,” Schirtzinger said. The score was 1-6, 0-6.

At second doubles, Cameron Bucher and Haiven Pepper played Circleville’s Elizabeth Timmons and Madalyn Fausnaugh in the first round. Miami Trace got the win with a 6-3, 6-2 score.

They went on to play Unioto’s Macy Bridenbaugh and Michelle Kerns who were the first seed in the tournament. Miami Trace lost that match 0-6, 0-6.

Staff report