To say it was a bittersweet evening would be an understatement.
But despite the emotions, the Lady Indians sent Liberty back home with a 46-29 loss.
Couch's junior varsity girls had lots of good shot attempts, but just could not find the range or get good rebounding position, leaving the JV Lady Eagles with a 43-19 victory to start things off.
In a slow motion paced first quarter, both the Lady Indians and the Lady Eagles didn't have very many clear looks at the hoop.
The Lady Eagles put a lot of full-court pressure on freshman point guard Sam Janes but, thanks to her ball handling skills and well-rehearsed team support, proved to be no problem.
Junior Lady Indian Taylor Beal seemed to have her motor running wide open all the time, which got her into some foul problems when she couldn't find her brakes.
Freshman Brook Beal contributed lots of energy, but also got into some early foul trouble for the Lady Indians.
Sophomore Taylor Emberton found an outlet spot on the baseline corner and pulled down some critical rebounds to maintain Couch possessions.
With Liberty pressuring the outside play, senior Calee Risner found post up positions for drop-in shots and kisses off the glass.
Even with some double teams and an occasional triple team, Lizzie Nessling was still able to slash in the paint or arc in a couple of pull-up jumpers, to lead the Lady Indians with 11 points. Nessling showed her team leadership as Couch's senior floor general, shouting out instructions and pointing directions to teammates.
The Couch Lady Indians led 8-6 at the end of the first, 25-18 at half and 35-24 after three.
With a 43-29 Couch lead and the game clock at 56 seconds, Nessling WENT TO the free throw line for a one-and-one, AND the Tribe faithful came to their feet with cheers of appreciation as the "Wounded Warrior," senior Cassie Roberts, stepped onto her home court, for the last time.
Roberts suffered a season-ending knee injury recently.
With tears rolling down her cheeks, Roberts watched from mid court as Nessling sank the first free throw.
She then returned to the bench as the cheers of the crowd continued for her four years of outstanding play at the point guard position for the Couch Lady Indians.