Lady Lobos edged out in overtime loss to Lake Ridge

"I told the girls it was going to be a dog fight going in and it certainly was," said Lady Lobo head coach Ron Bellamy.

After a 1-1 tie through most of regulation and into overtime, it was Lake Ridge advancing 3-2 in a shootout over Longview in the Class 5A quarterfinal.

"We had some chances and we just weren't able to capitalize on them to take the win outright," he said. "Then it went to a shootout and we held on, but credit (Lake Ridge) with earning the hard-fought win. Going two overtimes and to a shootout, it was as close as you can get."

Longview, reaching the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2010, concludes its season at 17-2-5 after the Lady Lobos claimed their third-straight district title. Bellamy praised his senior leadership for keeping his team focused and playing hard, even when things did not go their way.

"Even though it was close the whole game, there was never a doubt that we were going to pull it out," he said. "Unfortunately, it just didn't work out that way."

This season marks the Lady Lobos third-straight season of winning district and advancing to the state playoffs, Bellamy said, adding that it is also their third-straight year to be eliminated by a shootout in overtime.

"You hate to lose in any way, but to lose in a shootout shows the tenacity of our players to battle it out to the end," he said. "We didn't get beat though, our ladies never quit. They showed a lot of heart, and left it all on the field."

Bellamy thanked seniors Kaitlyn Adams, Kristi Stevens, Miranda Welborn, Jazmyne Castillo, Megan Hall, and Ruby Olivas for their years of work in the program, and said his younger players have big shoes to fill in the coming years.

"It's the hardest thing about coaching ... watching players graduate and leave your program, but it's also wonderful to be able to play a small part in the young people they become," he said. "At the same time, we return the bulk of our team. So we look to continue to improve as we move up to Class 6A next season."

LHS Athletic Director John King applauded Coach Bellamy and the Lady Lobos for their continued success "in representing their school and community."

"Their achievement show how hard they've worked to be successful. They're excellent role models for entire our athletic department," he said. "We're thankful for our seniors for their leadership and encourage our underclassmen to now step up and continue this winning tradition."
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