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Patoka volleyball falls in sectional final

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By Jonathan Stark

When the season started, Patoka head coach Nicki Brubaker didn't think that her Lady Warriors would be in a sectional final come the first week of November. But Patoka was able to overcome adversity throughout the season, win its regional tournament and first-round sectional game against Campbell Hill.

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However, Patoka‘s postseason run came to an end Thursday night in Lebanon in front of a crowd of close to 1,000.

"I think the fan support was amazing from Patoka. I think pretty much everybody in Patoka was here," Brubaker said.

The Lady Warriors fell in the Lebanon sectional final to Bunker Hill, 18-25, 13-25.

Early in game one, it looked as if Bunker Hill would run away with the championship, leading 14-4. But, a 12-3 run by Patoka cut the lead to just one, at 17-16, putting the Lady Warriors right back in contention. With Patoka hot on its tail, Bunker Hill went on a 8-2 run to close out the game.

"We just couldn't quite do it," Brubaker said. "They ended up stopping us, and they got the game. The girls were disappointed, and so am I. It was a tough loss."

The Lady Warriors got off to another slow start in game two, trailing 10-2 early on. They we able to put together another run like they had in game one and get within four at 12-8.

That was as close as Patoka got, though. The Lady Warriors’ season came an end, losing by 12, 25-13.

Paige Myers had a team-high nine kills on the night. Brubaker finishes her first year as head coach at 17-12, winning the school's first regional championship.

"We're looking forward to next year," Brubaker said. "Maybe we can be here again."