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Lakeside advances with quick win over Lee County

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Under a blazing sun Thursday, the Lakeside girls tennis team turned the heat up on yet another opponent.

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Lakeside's Taylor Richards defeated Lee County's Anna Roberts 6-0, 6-0 in the Lady Panthers' 4-0 victory.  SCOTT ROUCH/STAFF
Lakeside's Taylor Richards defeated Lee County's Anna Roberts 6-0, 6-0 in the Lady Panthers' 4-0 victory.

Lee County, the Lady Panthers’ second-round foe in the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state tournament, was sent home quickly as the Lady Panthers dispatched the Lady Trojans 4-0.

Lakeside was leading the fifth match when play was stopped.

The Lady Panthers (19-1) last lost to Starr’s Mill 3-2 on Feb. 9 and no one has gotten close to them since.

“I didn’t know that we would dominate as much as we did today, I thought it would be closer, but I also know how well our girls have been playing,” said Lakeside head coach Miranda Whitmire, whose squad eliminated Lee County (12-4) in the first round last year.

The round of eight is where the Lady Panthers have been halted the past two years. They got one monkey off their back this year, beating Greenbrier three times in regular-season play and won the region title, which the Lady Wolfpack claimed the past four years.

Kayla Hergott, the No. 1 singles player, feels confident that Lakeside can break through that barrier in their next match, especially since they have been unbeatable in more than two months.

“We haven’t lost, any of us, a single match since after the tournament,” Hergott said.

“Hopefully we can pull out three of them. We’re definitely hoping to win the next one so we can get to the final four.”

Hergott, and No. 2 singles Taylor Richards, rolled to 6-0, 6-0 victories and have yet to lose a game in the state tournament.

Anneliese Leahy was winning her match when play was halted.

Richards said she didn’t do anything special in the win.

“I served pretty good,” Richards said.

The No. 1 doubles team of Sara Hess and Alexis Ellis won 6-1, 6-0, while Katie Burton and Brittany McLeod cruised 6-0, 6-0.

Second-round play doesn’t have to be completed until Tuesday, so the Lady Panthers don’t know who their next opponent will be or were the contest will be played. 

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