FLORENCE — Florence got all it could handle from one of the best teams in Class 3A Tuesday night in Florence as the Lady Buffaloes fell 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-13) to 15th-ranked Blanco in District 25-3A play. 

The Lady Buffaloes had a difficult time getting on a streak of any kind and could not get on a roll.

“This was the first time in a awhile where a team beat us and I felt they deserved to win,” said Florence head coach Jordan Pinson. “We fought hard, we used whatever we had to the best of our ability and unfortunately we came up a little bit short.”

Florence had to battle back during all three sets, but in the second set the Lady Buffs showed their toughness when, behind 10-4, they rattled off four straight points to get within two.

From there, the Lady Panthers responded with five straight points to take hold of the match.

The Lady Buffaloes (12-12, 0-3) had a chance to win the third set when they were able to tie Blanco (20-10, 3-0) at 10-10 after a perfectly placed kill from Sophie Brittain.

But that was as close as the Lady Buffaloes would get, as Blanco had an answer every time it appeared the Lady Buffs were poised to take hold of the match.

Florence got strong efforts from several girls in the loss.

Helping in the hitting department were Makenzie Lincoln, Payton Aldrich and Sophie Brittain.

Lincoln tallied four kills, while Aldrich and Brittain added three each.

The Lady Panthers had moments where they struggled with the Florence front line of Juana Macedo and Sierra Murphy.

Macedo led the way for the Lady Buffaloes with four blocks in the game.

“We really have to have better communication as a unit,” Macedo said. “Going forward, we have to have better floor recognition.”

Making some strong serves in the match for Florence were Kaitlyn Anderson and Kennedy Cook.

Florence returns to action Friday hosting Georgetown Gateway.

“Juana played excellent up front and did a good job blocking,” Pinson said. “Kennedy twisted her ankle before the game and played through it and it didn’t affect her at all.”

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