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PikeView Back in at States For Third Straight Year

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PRINCETON -

Looking at a 3-5 record at the start of the season, PikeView certainly wasn't thinking about a postseason run.

"I can't say that I expected it at all. We started out really shaky but we're peaking at a great time," senior Laura Hill said.

"At first, we were iffy about it. But I think we have gained confidence this year and I think we're ready to go," sophomore Courtney White said.

After six straight wins, including last night's regional championship, the Panthers are state-bound for the third straight year. But the team didn't get the attention they thought was deserved.

"We didn't get the respect but these girls are really now showing people that we do belong upstate," said head coach Karen Miller.

With a 14-10 mark, all signs are pointing up for PikeView.

"We started playing with more chemistry. We started playing with more intensity. We got closer, we all pulled together and we're just peaking at the right time," Hill said.

With just one senior on the team, it may be a rambunctious group that heads up to Charleston.

"Because it's going to be nerve racking, it's going to be hard. It's going to be intense but you just need to play cool, calm and collected," Hill said.

"They have so much energy now, they'd play right now if they could," Miller said.

PikeView enters the state tournament going up against top-ranked Westside, a team they've lost to twice this year.

"They're a great team but I think we've improved a lot since we've played them and I don't see any reason why we couldn't play with them or beat them," Hill said.

"It's always good when you've played them twice and we're just going to go up there and do the best we can," Miller said.