The Borger Lady Bulldogs were missing their top outside hitter and had to face the best team in District 1-3A in the No. 14 Pampa Lady Harvesters. Borger made the Lady Harvesters work but were eventually swept (20-25, 22-25, 20-25) Saturday in Borger.
Interim head coach Ken Barbour said he was pleased with how the team competed.
“I was very proud of how the girls responded and competed,” Barbour said. “We just wanted to play well. I’m disappointed that we lost but I’m pleased with the effort they gave.”
Pampa (24-8, 4-0) pulled out to a four-point lead at 7-3 in Game one. Senior Kailyn Troxell scored three kills and senior Alanna Stephens scored two. The Lady Bulldogs went on a run and cut the lead in half. Emma Wood and Nellie Embers scored kills to cut Pampa’s lead to 10-8. The Lady Harvesters outscored Borger 7-3 to increase their lead. Borger made one more run and cut Pampa’s lead to two at 20-18. Pampa was able to close out the game with a kill by Stephens.
Early in the second game, the Lady Bulldogs pulled out to a 9-5 lead. Kaylee Purcell and Allyson Burrow scored kills to help lead the offense. The Lady Harvesters regrouped and went on a 7-3 run to tie the game at 12. Troxell contributed three kills during the run. The teams exchanged points on the next four serves but Borger scored three straight to take a 17-14 lead. Head coach Libby Garza took a timeout and Pampa responded outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 6-2. Stephens scored to put Pampa ahead 20-19. Senior Ramie Hutto scored to put Pampa up 24-21. The Lady Harvesters won when Borger’s serve went out of bounds.
In the third game, Pampa jumped out to a 5-0 lead but the Lady Bulldogs came back and tied the game at nine. The teams exchanged points for a little well and then Pampa started to pull away. Junior Maddie Fatheree scored a kill and Troxell scored two to increase Pampa’s lead to 17-13. Borger took a timeout but wasn’t able to get closer than three.
The Lady Bulldogs (18-16, 0-4) host Dalhart Tuesday. Barbour said the team is not out of the playoff picture.
“I got complete confidence that we will win a couple games and make playoffs,” Barbour said.