GUYTON — The curtain has closed on a tremendous show by South Effingham's girls tennis team.
After posting 17 straight wins, the Lady Mustangs' season come to a close Monday in the Class AAAAA quarterfinal round. The Lady Mustangs played host to Buford and fell 4-1.
The Wolves were out for revenge after last year’s playoff loss to the Mustangs
Despite the loss, senior Kearsetyn Bargeron wasn't despondent leaving the court as she tucked away her racquet, knowing each Lady Mustang brought her A-game.
“We knew they were going to work harder and they would be ready for us and we were ready for them,” Bargeron said. “We had mandatory practices. We were prepared. You win some and you lose some.
"As long as we know that we gave it our best, that is all that matters.”
The loss to Buford was South Effingham's lone blemish on the season.
"I am very proud of them,” Lady Mustangs coach Kristen Finlen said. “They played very hard today and with all their heart, and they left it all out there. They are a good group of girls.”
Finlen knew each playoff round would get tougher, especially once they starting playing teams from the Atlanta area.
“I told them at every practice that we have to work like we are going to play,” she said. “They are very hard workers. They worked hard to get here.”
Finlen admitted its going to be tough to part ways with Bargeron.
“I’ve known her on the tennis court since she was six,” Finlen said. “I am going to miss her. It’s going to be very hard without her.
"She’s a leader on and off the court and a great kid.”
Finlen said Bargeron has been a model citizen for the program and is confident the rest of the Lady Mustangs will follow suit.
“My underclassmen see the example (she set) and they’ll step up,” Finlen said. “They’ve seen her hard work and dedication and they have a lot of dedication."
Bargeron, who is committed to Wesleyan College, said she will always will be a Mustang.
“I know high school is done but I will always have this team,” said Bargeron. “We still have seniors from two or three years ago that come here to watch us play and I will do the same thing.”