Lady Lions end season

The Lady Lions gather for a team photo after being ousted from the 3A regional last Wednesday.

Brindlee Mountain’s volleyball team didn’t have lofty expectations entering its 3A North Super Regional first-round match against Ohatchee last Wednesday morning.

As an area runner-up (Area 13), the odds already were stacked against the Lady Lions. Then illness and injuries depleted the team even more.

Thus, when Area 10 champion Ohatchee ground out a 25-17, 25-11, 25-11 victory, Brindlee Mountain head coach Elizabeth Martin wasn’t overly surprised her young team bowed out early.

“Next year, if we get matched up with (Ohatchee), it’ll be a totally different game,” Martin said. “We had one senior (Abbey Mooneyham) and she was out sick today.”

Another starter, Layla Bruno, was bother with a leg injury. Several junior varsity players were called up to varsity to give the team some semblance of depth.

“That’s my team the next couple of years,” Martin said, pointing to the mostly underclassmen gathering together inside Von Braun Center so parents could take one final photo of the 2022 Lady Lions.

Brindlee Mountain had eight varsity members play in the regional. One was an eighth grader, two were freshmen, one was a sophomore three were juniors and one was a senior.

That’s not a formula for success.

But Martin still lined up a competitive schedule in hopes of preparing her team for the future.

“I’d rather have a losing record and get better, so our record wasn’t important,” Martin said. “And I didn’t schedule an easy schedule.”

She hopes that pays dividends in the future.

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