Shuffled lineup doesn’t stop Lady Titans at conference tourney
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
The lineup was different, but the results were the same.
Carl Albert’s girls swept the Suburban Conference Tournament on April 3 in Shawnee. The Lady Titans shuffled their lineup but still won three of the four positions.
“It was our same starting six but I like to move our doubles players in singles, so they get serve more and get a little different look,” said coach Luke Mosher. “It’s good to change it up once in a while, but I told them we’ll go out and have fun. And they all played really well even at those other positions.”
Freshman Lily Bryant, who usually plays doubles, claimed the No. 2 singles title. Seniors Emily Boyer and Brylee Toney took first at No. 1 doubles and sophomore Georgia Mosher and freshman Bailey Rusche won at No. 2 doubles.
Junior Rylee Reese finished runner-up at No. 1 singles. She lost to Guthrie’s Emma Poupard in a third-set tiebreaker in the finals.
Del City’s Jasmyn Thorne and Annette Cox competed at No. 1 doubles and Lenise Robinson played at No. 2 singles.
Carl Albert won the title with 30 points. Guthrie and Shawnee tied for second with 20 each.
The Lady Titans went 2-2 last Thursday in a dual against Heritage Hall. Toney and Bryant won at No. 2 doubles (6-1, 6-0), and Rusche beat Ava Nelson (6-0, 6-4). The duo has only lost one match this year.
“Any time you can go to a place like Heritage Hall and win a couple it’s big for your team because they’re an outstanding program every year,” Mosher said.
Boyer and Reese lost their first match of the season at No. 1 doubles, falling to Ainsley Trice and Tokara Henderson (7-5, 6-2). Georgia Mosher lost to Jasmine Crain (6-0, 6-0).
Mosher has been pleased with his team’s performance this season.
“They’re all playing solid and getting along, so I think this is the lineup we’ll see going forward,” he said.
Zoey Shaw has also seen time at No. 2 singles this season.
The Lady Titans played in the Guthrie Tournament on Monday and will travel to Durant on April 18.
“Those two tournaments will tell us a lot,” Mosher said. “A lot of the 5A schools that we’ll see in the playoffs will be at those two tournaments.”