Lady Bulldogs finish second in MACJC/Region XXIII

Lady Bulldogs finish second in MACJC/Region XXIII
PERKINSTON --- The Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs finished second in the MACJC/Region XXIII here Sunday after falling to the Jones County Junior College lady Bobcats, 6-1, in the MACJC State Tournament finals.

With loss, the Lady Bulldogs finished the season with a 14-2 record.

Holmes Associate Head Coach Wesley Noble is proud of his team's effort during the season and in the playoffs.

"We knew coming in that Jones was a very good team and talented," Noble said. "We came in with the mindset that we deserved to be here and we do. We put ourselves in this situation and we wanted to fight. Our girls fought all the way to the end. All credit goes to Jones, and that's what we are working to get to next year."

Holmes scored in the second half on a goal from Bailey Harper off an assist from Sarah Donahoo. "She (Donahoo) was able to beat the girl and slid it across and Bailey finished it," he said. "It was great."

"It's unbelievable," Noble said of the title run. "I'm so proud of the girls. It's all because of the sophomore leadership. It's our first time to ever do this. It's just been an epic year for the girls."

Noble is expecting big things out of the players returning and those added on signing day. "We are very excited about the class we have coming in," he said. "We are nearly finished with our recruiting because it's gone so well, and we definitely plan on being back next year."

The Bulldog fans came to Perkinston to support the Lady Bulldogs on Saturday and Sunday. "The fans were great and were very enthusiastic," he said. "They helped us through yesterday. We knew we were going to have a hostile crowd playing at Gulf Coast. They helped with that and evened it out a little bit. Today, we had more come down. Everybody is just proud of the girls and want to support the team and program because of how well they've done and they should. The better we do, the more fans we get."

"We are super proud of what the girls have accomplished this season," Head Coach Matt Convertino said. "We've taken the program to new levels where they've never been before. I'm super proud of the effort of the entire team but especially proud of Coach Wesley stepping up in his first year as associate head coach. We had a fantastic effort from our sophomore class. We'll miss them dearly.

"Wesley is an extremely aggressive and fantastic recruiter," he said. "I think we are going to turn some heads with the signing class. We are looking forward to releasing that information in the near future."

Convertino is also proud of the fan support this season. "Ours fans have been there for us all year," he said. "They've been that 12th man for us. When the game a little intense they were there for us and we appreciate that."

Against Gulf Coast, Noble said the Lady Bulldogs were well rested and ready to play. "We came out firing," Noble said. "We came out really hard and played really well. We were excited to be here and rested up.

"It was a very good first half," he said. "The second half we went through a spell of 12-15 when they were very dangerous. We got a little off our game but after that we settled in. Gulf Coast is a great team. It's always difficult to beat a good team twice in one year."

Kendal Walsh scored a goal in the 11th minute off an assist from Brooke Burrell. Britain Welzien scored a goal off a Walsh assist in the 46th minute.

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