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Moyers battles, comes up just short in title match
Panthers compete at Salina. - photo by Travis Hendryx

SALINA— Macy Moyers fought down to the wire against Olathe South’s Cady Lynn in the singles championship at Thursday’s Salina South Invitational.

After a back and forth outing Lynn was able to gain the needed momentum and went on to edge Moyers in an 8-6 victory and the singles title.

Moyers had little trouble in the opening round shutting down Samantha Carlton, also of Olathe South, in an 8-0 decision. That would set up a match with Salina Central’s Ashley Sankey in an event that Moyers would go on to win, 8-4 sending the Great Bend senior to the championship round against Lynn.

Lynn began her day with an 8-0 victory over Great Bend’s Addi Westhoff. Westhoff would then drop a pair of matches in the consolation bracket to Mikayla Talbot and Abilene’s Kylie Coup by scores of 8-0 and 8-3.

In doubles competition Taylor Huslig and Carly Boyd suffered an opening round loss to Ally McKenzie and Danielle Shane of Junction City by a score of 8-3. Meanwhile Rebecca Dawson and Rachel Carpenter dropped their first set to eventual doubles champions Sydney Kossow and Jera Richardson of Salina Central, 8-1.

Huslig and Boyd would then fall to Abilene’s Kaylin Beswick and Madisyn Riffel in a two-match tiebreaker. The Panther duet would go on to beat Dodge City’s Skyler Childress and Marissavel Rodriguez in an 8-3 decision. That paved a match with another Dodge City pair as Huslig and Boyd would go on to claim victory over Adriana Rodriguez and Hannah Sowers by another 8-3 score.

Meanwhile Dawson and Carpenter dropped an 8-1 decision to Maize’s Emma Wituk and Kenaddee Utech before falling 8-3 to DC’s Sowers and Rodriguez who would then fall to Huslig and Boyd.

Dawson and Carpenter would then bow out in an 8-2 loss to DC’s Childress and Rodriguez.

“You could say we had a rough day at the office,” said coach Dustin Wheeler. “We ran up against some competition that the girls hadn’t seen before and we looked a little out of place. Macy played very well and came up short in the final to a very good player.”

As a team the Panther placed sixth overall out of eight teams in competition. Salina Central was the top finisher while Olathe South and Salina South rounded out the top three.

“Overall I was proud of how the girls presented themselves due to the competition,” Wheeler said. “We hope to take what we learned and get ready for WAC.”