Liberty senior Allison Meche was a thorn in the Lady Bobcats’ side throughout the match as she finished with 13 kills. Kaitlyn Slack had 10 kills for the Lady Panthers while Madison Cook contributed eight.
Jennifer McManus once again led the Lady Bobcat offense, finishing with a team-high 11 kills. Morgan Moss poured out nine kills for Orangefield while Taylor Benoit had five and Rylie Granger had four.
Andee Geter served up nine points to lead the Lady Panthers. Emily Scott had seven points, two aces and added three kills. Slack and Mariah Ozan each had six points and an ace. Meche contributed five points and an ace and Cook added four points and an ace.
Bobcat libero Kacey LeBlanc wrapped up an excellent run as she played great defense and had a team-high 11 points and three aces. Granger had six points. McManus contributed five points and an ace while Megan Burton added three points.
Liberty snared an early 11-4 lead in Game One behind the hitting of Meche. The Lady Bobcats, behind big kills from the likes of McManus and Moss, whittled away at the lead and eventually cut the margin to 22-20. However, Slack and Cook teamed up for three big kills to finish it up for the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Bobcats surged out to a 6-3 lead in Game Two but Liberty tallied six of the next seven points to go up 11-7.
Liberty looked comfortable with a 23-18 lead but the Lady Bobcats got to within 24-22 until a Meche swat allowed the Lady Panthers to take the game.
Liberty stormed out of the gate in Game Three, building up a 14-5 cushion.
The Lady Bobcats, however, didn’t go away as they rallied all the way back to trim the margin to 19-17. Liberty wrapped it up though as Meche, Slack and Cook all had big kills to put the match away for the Lady Panthers.
Liberty will now move on to face either West or Waco La Vega in the 3A Region III Tournament at 8 p.m. Friday at Bryan High School.