Gatesville junior Stormy Tatum advanced all the way to Friday's 4A state championship girls singles match before falling 6-3, 6-4 to Devine's Brooke Runyan at San Antonio's Northside ISD Tennis Center.

In a battle of first-time state qualifiers, Tatum led 2-0 in the opening set and 3-1 in the second set, but Runyan, a senior Texas-Permian Basin commit, quickly regain the lead each time.

Tatum, the first Gatesville tennis state qualifier, cruised on Thursday, winning her opening match 6-0, 6-0 over Livingston's Kaylin Parker and sailing through a 6-2, 6-2 semifinal win against Corpus Christi Calallen's Jenna Carr.

Runyan is Devine's first state tennis champion and first state finalist.

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