Panthers News · Lady Panthers Advance to 3rd of SCHSL Playoffs

The Carolina Forest Lady Panthers faced off at home against the Stratford Knights on Tuesday night in the second round of the SC state playoffs. Carolina Forest was playing for more than just to keep their playoff run alive; they were playing to make school history. Carolina Forest has not made it past the second round since becoming a 5A school. The Lady Knights came in hot, fresh off of an upset against Summerville High, but the Panthers burned brighter. Serving was the name of the game for Carolina Forest with more than half of the team recording multiple aces. Behind the arm of Chloe Brewer and Ellie Atkins, and with setter Avery Campbell putting in overtime, the Lady Panthers cruised to a 2-0 lead over the Knights. With their backs against the wall, and their season on the line, Stratford left it all on the court in the third set, giving Carolina Forest a run for their money. CFHS rallied behind middle hitter Emma Morgan, and with a key defensive play by Maddie Dean, the Panthers put the nail in the coffin of Stratford’s season, squeaking out the third set. With this win, Carolina Forest seeks to continue making history as they travel to Lexington High School on Thursday, Nov. 1.