With tear-filled eyes, Labelle coach Lori Perkins expressed her disappointment for not advancing to the state’s final four after Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Berkeley Prep in a Class 4A region final.
Before her emotions got the best of her, however, Perkins lauded her team for becoming just the second in school history to play in a region final. The Cowgirls lost to Orlando Bishop Verot in that round in 2005, a team they beat in this year’s region semifinals.
“We would like to have won this game, but it is special for this team to get this far,” said Perkins, who also played on the last LaBelle team to defeat Bishop Verot 16 years ago. “This is our goal for next year, to get back to this game.”
Berkeley Prep, a state finalist last year after winning three straight state titles, won handily — 25-14, 25-12, 25-14. LaBelle stayed close in the first match before the Buccaneers reeled off a 9-0 run to take a commanding 22-12 lead.
Before that stretch, LaBelle totaled 12 points on Berkeley Prep’s nine unforced errors. After that, the Cowgirls lacked consistency.
“We just never could get any momentum,” Perkins said.
Abbie O’Ferrell led LaBelle with 11 kills and eight digs. Libero Logann White had 12 digs, Macy O’Ferrell contributed 16 assists and Rachael Reinbott added four kills.