Panthers sweep doubles in win over Braves



Jennings County acted as the spoilers on Brownstown Central’s senior night.

The Panthers’ girls tennis team won both doubles spots and a pair of singles matches in a 4-1 victory over the Braves on Tuesday.

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Laken Reynolds claimed the lone victory for BCHS, defeating Rebecca Driver 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

“It took her a couple games, but then she got into it,” Braves coach Erik Stangland said. “Once she got into the match, she won that second set easily. She looked a lot stronger today.”

At No. 2 singles, Hailey Brown won the first set over Olivia Hackman 6-3. In the second set, Hackman led 4-3 before Brown stormed back to finish the match at 7-5.

“Olivia played a match against herself,” Stangland said. Her opponent played a lot like her.”

The Panthers’ Ellie Hearne bested Allie Mae Wingler 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

Rachel Adkins and Carly Brown lost a tight first set, 6-4, to Carmen Koptizke and Kyla Franklin at No. 1 doubles before dropping the second 6-2.

Like the No. 1 team, the No. 2 doubles team of Sydney Cockerham and Abbie Reynolds played a tight first set before dropping the second in a 7-5, 6-2 loss to Megan Henney and Grace Rodgers.

Stangland said he thought there were opportunities down the stretch to steal some sets.

“When our ground strokes go, we’re in trouble,” Stangland said. “We really need to concentrate on not playing safe and hitting our shots. I think it’s coming, we’re getting better.”

Prior to the match, Cockerham and Reynolds were honored for senior night.

The Braves dropped in 5-5 on the season with the loss. They will play at North Harrison on Thursday in a Mid-Southern Conference match.

“We know that’s a match we should compete in,” Stangland said. “We have a chance to win all four of (the remaining MSC games) if we put our minds to it. It would be one of the best finishes we’ve ever had.”

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