Lady ‘Cats tie at Stanhope-ElmorePublished 2:01pm Friday, March 14, 2014
The Benjamin Russell Lady Wildcats’ hard charge was too little, too late as BRHS tied with Stanhope-Elmore 3-3 this past Monday.
The Lady Wildcats weren’t happy with the result, as BRHS girls coach Meghan Bailey said the team felt as if it let one get away.
“We had beaten them twice already this season, so I guess the girls walked into the game expecting to win,” Bailey said. “But we ended up down 3-0. I was mad, and the girls were mad as we knew that Stanhope was out for blood.”
After going into the half facing a 3-0 deficit, BRHS returned to the field and flipped the proverbial switch.
Daly Wagoner and Payton Rye each scored to chip away at Stanhope-Elmore’s advantage, and in the final minute senior Alexis Goldhagen found the back of the net for a game-tying score.
While a tie is better than a loss, the result wasn’t something Bailey was satisfied with.
“It didn’t end how we wanted it to,” she said. “The girls fought as hard as they possibly could, and I’m happy with that. But, I don’t like tying.”
The Lady Wildcats will try to put that behind them when they face Carroll-Ozark in their area opener. BRHS will do so with a bit of a target on its back, as the Lady Wildcats were ranked No. 4 in Class 5A. As far as Bailey and the Lady ‘Cats are concerned, however, they plan to be the hunters in spite of their standing.
“The girls feel like they have a lot to prove, as some people think they shouldn’t be ranked No. 4,” she said. “But I think we’re worthy of that ranking and will continue to move up going forward. In the past, we’ve murdered Carroll, but we have to approach this game like we do every other game. The girls want to gain some respect.”
BRHS and Carroll play at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex. The boys game will follow.