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Aledo head coach Kathy Goings is mobbed by Hannah Loftin, Jordan Jacobs and Christa Daniel after the Ladycats defeated Azle Friday night for Goings' 400th career victory. The win raises the Ladycats district mark to 13-0.
Aledo Ladycats head coach Kathy Goings probably thought she was going to win her 400th career victory on Tuesday in Aledo's district finale at home when her team fell behind 2-0 Friday night at Azle in a District 5-4A match.
Azle, fighting for its playoff life, was the better team on the floor in the first two games, downing the Ladycats by counts of 25-21, 25-14.
But the Ladycats stormed back in game three with a 25-16 victory, and left little doubt who the undisputed district champions are with a 25-14 win to knot the match at 2 games apiece.
Aledo kept its momentum going in the fifth and deciding game by bolting out to a 10-5 lead. But scrappy Azle refused to bow out easily as the Lady Hornets went on a 7-1 run to take a 12-11 lead.
Aledo came back to tie the game, 12-12, and the fifth and deciding game was tied at 13, 14, and 15-15 as tension grew in the Azle gym. The Lady Hornets came back with a point to tie game five once again, and took a 16-15 lead on the next rally.
But the Ladycats refused to bow under the pressure. Senior hitter Christa Daniel ripped a kill from the left side to tie the game, and on the ensuing rally, a block in the middle by sophomore Breana Sharratt gave Aledo a 17-16 advantage.
An aggressive, hard-hit serve by senior captain Jordan Jacobs deflected off an Azle defender and over the net where Sharratt sent the ball straight down to seal Goings' 400 career victory.
Ladycats parents and Aledo High School principal Dan Peterson surprised the veteran coach with a bouquet of roses and hand-made signs honoring Goings' achievement immediately following the game.
"This is amazing, and I am certain I will never forget my 400th win," Goings, with a sigh of relief, said. "This will definitely be a night to remember, for sure."
Goings, who had won her 300th career match in 2007, said a big factor in the match was the Ladycats quick start in the third game.
"We jumped on them like we should have in the first two games," she said. "I think we may have overlooked them a little bit, and we played real sloppy. We scored most of the points for them.
"But we settled down and started playing our game. It was awesome at the end when Bree (Sharratt) put a block down and slammed a kill. It feels awesome (to win 400 matches), I just didn't know it would be this difficult. Azle played good, and take nothing away from them. They were scrappy, they moved the ball around fast and played well.
"But I am also happy that this group of girls did this. But we just don't want to win 400, we want to win a lot more matches this year. I don't really want to focus on 400, I would rather look at the bigger picture, and we still have a lot of season left."