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May 16, 2013

Lady Bears ready for 'speedy' Ridge Point

LITTLE CYPRESS —

There is no question the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears are having fun as far as reaching the Class 4A Region III “Final Four” goes but they also realize that they are just two series wins away from reaching the ultimate “Final Four.”

The Lady Bears (32-5) will face a stern test this week as they prepare to take on the Ridge Point Lady Panthers (31-7) in a best-of-three regional semifinal series.

Game One is Friday at 7 p.m. at Alvin High School. Game Two is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Port Arthur Memorial High School. Game Three, if necessary, will follow 30 minutes after Game Two.

The Lady Bears are coming off a dramatic 3-2 victory over District 20-4A rival Nederland in which Hope Russell drove in the winning two runs with a deep double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. It was the first time the Lady Bears were tested in the postseason after they canned both Dayton and Huntsville in easy fashion.

“The Nederland win was so intense and draining,” said Lady Bear coach Dena Adkins. “It was a roller-coaster throughout that game but the kids pulled it out and I couldn’t be prouder of them. This is such a tested group that always seems to come through in the clutch. We celebrated that one for about a day and now it’s all about winning the next one. I enjoyed that win at Nederland so much and by the next day, I was stressing about Ridge Point. You gotta love the playoffs.”

The Lady Panthers, who are just in their second year of existence as far as playing varsity-level softball, went 27-9 last year to advance to the regional quarterfinals where they fell to Richmond Foster.

This season they went 13-1 to capture the District 22-4A title.

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