Lady Jackets win state lacrosse championship
As time ran out in the game, the Lady Jacket bench stormed the field and mobbed first-year goalkeeper Oliva Olivas.
“At first I felt so much pressure because I knew how much the team was relying on me,” said Olivas. “Once the game started, I calmed down and trusted my defense in front of me. I knew we were capable of big things. I haven't been playing this game, and I worked as hard as I could. The results could not have been better.”
WCHS sophomore Brittany Sherrod was named MVP of the tournament.
“We wanted to be smart and work together as a team,” said Sherrod. “We wanted to be confident, and we were able to play the game we set out to play. When you play a game like this, you just have to want it more. We've grown a lot this season as a group, and we are just getting started.”
“This is a great feeling, and we have worked so hard for this,” said junior Abbey Peterson. “We have grown in many ways. Our relationships are so much stronger. We are tight off the field as well, and I think it helps your on-field communication.”
The WCHS Lady Jackets beat Anderson County, 13-8, in the state semifinals on Wednesday, May 9. The Lady Jackets took a 6-4 lead into the half and pulled away at the start of the second half.
Peterson led the Lady Jackets in scoring with five goals. Sherrod scored four, and Stephens added three.
Sherrod had nine ground balls, and sophomore Brie Gaines had seven. Olivas made nine saves in net.
“This is the second year in a row that these girls will play for a championship,” said Buckner. “I think they know how hard this will be. My girls know that if they come out and play kicking and scratching that they will not only play well, but they will be champions.”