For the first time all season, L.C. Bird trailed at halftime when Hermitage led 7-6 Friday. Outside of the Lake Taylor game, no team had truly tested the Skyhawks for a full contest, either.
The Knights will be a very young team in 2013-2014, looking to improve on a 7-13 overall mark and 7-7 Central District record. The Lady Knights roster includes just three seniors.
Many of the players that helped the Monarchs to a banner season in 2012-2013 in which they finished 24-4 and 14-0 in the Central District before falling in the region tournament to L.C. Bird are gone.
Four scholar-athletes signed their letters of intent to play at the next level in 2014-2015. From Thomas Dale, swimmer Meredith Vay and baseball player Collin Fleischer signed. From Matoaca, volleyball standout Jaelyn Jackson and softball ace Jessica McCabe also signed on the dotted line.
The Skyhawks lit up the Eagles defense for 49 first half points before playing reserves as L.C. Bird cruised to a first round playoff victory, advancing to play Hermitage this Friday at 7 p.m.