Daviess County Cheerleading continued its dominant run in the region on Saturday, claiming its third straight regional championship with its game day routine.
The Lady Panthers finished with a total score of 97.50, claiming first place by double figures. It was Owensboro that was the runner-up with an overall score of 86.90, while Allen County-Scottsville and Breckinridge County rounded out the scores with a respective 79.85 and 71.60.
Head Coach Kitty Jones was pleased with the way Daviess County performed, coming into the competition and translating their hard work in practice to the mat to emerge victorious.
“I’m very pleased with the team’s performance, they’ve worked extremely hard the last two weeks with no days off,” Jones said. “Going in our expectations were to hit a clean and energetic routine with hopes of being a contender for another regional title.”
Jones said their energy was electric and they executed the routine well with sharpness, helping them capture their third straight regional title. After losing several key cheerleaders from last year’s team, Jones is proud of the effort to fill those gaps and continue at such a high level.
“The three-peat for me as a coach means hard work and consistency, but for the girls it means they still have it after losing some key athletes along with an increased motivation to do better every time they go on walk the mat,” said Jones. “They set the bar high for each other and learned to hold themselves accountable in a respectable way, which took some time.”
Jone said it was a true team effort to be the best team they could be this weekend, with their upperclassmen leading the way.
“I can’t really single out anyone individually because our goal recently has been to love and respect our teammates to focus together on everyone’s strengths rather than flaws,” Jones said. “When something doesn’t work, they’ve learned to solve problems to make it successful. It was a process to get to this point, but once our 13 seniors bought into it, they changed the game.
Jones is especially proud of the team for performing so well with such interesting choreography, as they brought a different approach to game day with a unique and fast-paced routine. She gave credit to each of her 34 athletes as they all remain willing to step into whatever role is needed with only 30 athletes able to compete at one time.
Jones also said they wouldn’t be as successful as they are without their coaching staff and support system, with each coach using their strengths to coach the team while being rooted by an entire community.
“My coaching staff is amazing,” Jones said. “Sally Ward is the backbone behind the creativity in our routine. Tracy Gutsche also plays a huge role with the girls at school throughout their day as she guides them through typical high school challenges. I am truly grateful for her and grateful for the support of not only our parents, but the football coaches, football, teachers and administrators in the stands.
While they were able to come up with some hardware, Jones and company know they have some things they could have done a little better. With a chance at a state title coming, Jones said they will look to add to their impressive performance by fine-tuning those things in practice.
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