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Lilly Bias controls the ball for the Scott High Lady Skyhawks in a contest last week.

MADISON — The 1-6-1 Scott High School Lady Hawks took on the 3-13-2 St. Joseph Central Lady Irish in the first round of the 2020 Sectional Tournament. The two challengers had not faced each other before in the season. As was the case all across the state of West Virginia, the COVID-19 pandemic created gaps in the season for the Lady Hawks.

Though the home squad fought hard, they were unable to find an answer to the lone goal of the game, scored by Lady Irish sophomore Maren Muth and assisted by freshman Megan McClanahan. The 1-0 full time score put an end to the Lady Hawks’ season.

Post-match, Head Coach Woody Hunter expressed that the girls on Scott’s team are stronger than the season has let them show. With both games and practices lost to quarantine and hiatus, it was difficult to meet that potential with the short time given.

“They fought hard…” Hunter said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls.”

The coach said he is heartbroken for the six seniors leaving the team after this season, but he is overall proud of them. The seniors are Jenna Handley, Tori Wilburn, Sara Kirk, Megan Epling, Lilly Bias, and Adrianna Ballard.

Looking toward 2021, Hunter wants to make sure the returning girls understand the importance of offseason.

“We’ll still be able to play good ball next season, but it’s going to take [time] together off-season to improve,” Hunter said. He hopes the virus is more under control by then, which will mean a fuller season than 2020 allowed.