Coach Matt Shanafelt had hoped his squad would have another chance at arch nemesis Clarkston, which downed them in the regionals last season.
Maybe the Cats were too focused on that possibility and forgot about Dakota.At any rate, they got themselves into early trouble and by the time they saw their hopes of advancing fade, it was just too late.At that point, Clarkston was the least of their worries as the wheels came off their regional-title bound bus.Shanafelt
had warned prior to the contest that his
squad couldn't look past the opponent directly in front of them if they had any hopes of a rubber match with Clarkston.
The team was remarkably calm â€" or maybe just in plain shock â€" as they milled about on the court with smiles on their faces.Odd for a team that had just let a golden opportunity slip through its hands.Shanafelt
, however, was clearly disappointed with the loss and waved off immediate requests for an interview, instead heading into the locker room for a post-game chat with his