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Slow start dooms Lady Rebels
Effingham County's Cameron Long (left) and Grovetown's Jamine Negro tumble after colliding while fighting for the ball Tuesday at Rebel Field. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County's energetic finish wasn't enough to overcome a lethargic start Tuesday.

The Lady Rebels threatened numerous times in the final 15 minutes but never scored in a 1-0 Class AAAAAA playoff loss to Grovetown.

"I think our girls thought this game would be different than what it was," Effingham County coach Blake Kessler said.

The Lady Warriors entered the game at Rebel Field with a 7-7-2 mark. The Lady Rebels were 14-4-2.

"We were able to create some chances but it was too late," Kessler said.

One shot with 20 seconds left deflected off goalie Kaylie Beirman's finger tips into the crossbar and over the net.

"We dominated (the last 15 minutes) but we didn't come out of the gate like that," Kessler said. "The past few games we've played we've come out and not played our best in the first half. It is what it is."

Kessler credited Grovetown for its performance.

"They played a good game, they played their hearts out and they really wanted to win," he said. "Their season is going to continue and I am happy for them. I wish it was us."

After the game, Kessler praised his team.

"... This is my twelfth year doing this and I've got some teams that really stand out, teams that I love and teams that I am going to truly miss. This team is right up there at the top," he said.

See the May 9 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.