The letdown always seems a harder fall the farther you get – and that’s why the end of a season feels so sudden.

One day, the Sabine High School Lady Cardinals will realize how special this season was, especially those who were blessed enough to be on the 2019 and 2020 teams, which have had an incredible run.

But today, there’s pain, because Sabine’s 2020 season ended at Shelbyville, in a 15-25, 13-25, 7-25 loss to Gunter on Monday night in the UIL Class 3A Region II semifinals.

Sabine ends the year with a 28-2 record; the last two seasons, the Lady Cardinals have gone 67-9, not even double-digit losses. It’s been a fantastic run. They lost only twice this entire season: once early in the year to 2A-number-1 Beckville back on Sept. 4, and then to Gunter (28-3) on Monday. Sabine won 17 straight matches along the way, including beating Tatum in Chapel Hill in the first round, then topping Atlanta in Hallsville in round two.

Gunter moves on to face either Boyd or Harmony later this week in a regional final. The winners represent Region II in the state tournament.

Sabine will be back. They lose two very good seniors from this team: Sierrah Richter, whose assists have been invaluable, and Ryanne Stuart, who always seemed to get into the double-digits in kills during the win streak.

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