There was more on the line than just county bragging rights when the Lakeside girls lacrosse team played host to Greenbrier Thursday night.
The Lady Panthers trailed just once at 1-0 with just under 20 minutes left in the first half, rattled off five consecutive goals and went on to the 12-8 win.
The victory keeps the Lady Panthers in the hunt for a state playoff berth while the Lady Wolfpack were eliminated.
“We still have three more games, but we’re out for the playoffs,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Mark Leszczynski, whose team dropped to 5-5, 1-4 Area 4-AAAAA-A.
The Lady Panthers (5-2, 2-2), have a big game at home against Decatur Saturday that would all but clinch a spot in the state tournament with a win.
Leading the Lady Panthers were Esther Chin, Quinnlyn Diehl and Kathleen Tynan, who each scored three times.
“Winning a region game is awesome, but being able to beat your rival is also a really great part of it,” said the junior midfielder Diehl, who played the entire 50 minutes.
The Lady Panthers were cruising with a 6-2 lead with seven and a half minutes left in the first half. Trailing 6-2, the Lady Wolfpack took back the momentum scoring three goals in under a minute. Sarah Mork scored first, then Kierstyn McElhannon scored two goals in a span of 19 seconds, but Lakeside held on to the 6-5 lead heading into the break.
In addition to McElhannon, Mork and Abby Ballad scored twice for the Lady Wolfpack.
Lakeside goalie Savannah Jane Duncan stopped 16 shots.