They then waited two hours for a noon match against Holy Spirit of Tuscaloosa. Again, Spring Garden won – 31-29, 25-16 – and again Spring Garden waited. At 2 p.m., the Panthers took on powerful Addison, the pre-tournament favorite and eventual tournament champion. The Bulldogs, Class 1A state tournament runner-up to Donoho the past two years, downed Spring Garden 25-13, 25-13.
Finishing second in their pool put the Panthers in the tournament’s championship bracket. In the quarterfinals, Ben Carroll’s team defeated an athletic West End team 25-15, 25-15.
Waiting in the semifinals, after a bye in the quarterfinals, was Donoho. The Falcons took the first set 25-10. In the second set, the Panthers pushed Donoho to the limit before losing 25-23. Spring Garden led 23-21 before Donoho closed out the match with a four-point run. The loss dropped Spring Garden to 14-7 overall.
Addison then swatted Donoho 25-13, 25-10.
The Panthers looked particularly good on defense. Darby Bryant led with 39 digs. Kenzie Micha had 37 digs, Emory Reedy 35, Madison Sides 31, Haley Motes 27 and Maddy Micha 25. Dallas Smith and Motes each had three blocks. Bryant had 23 assists and Kenzie Micha added 16 assists.
On attack, Motes ended with 20 kills. Smith and Sides had 16 and 15 kills respectively. Reedy added seven kills. Sides served nine aces and Bryant had five aces.