COMANCHE — The Early Lady Horns closed their season with their fifth five-set loss in District 6-3A action, as the Comanche Maidens captured the league championship with a 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-6 victory Tuesday.

“These girls never quit fighting,” said Early head coach Mitzi Bell. “We had opportunities in each set to win. We’re going to build on this season and know that we definitely didn’t finish where we started.

“Every match we’ve played in district could have gone either way. We took every match to four and five sets but one. They have made huge progress from where we started and it’s only going to get better. It’s going to be hard to replace our seniors next year who truly have led this team and started a tradition of team, family and It’s Not About Me (INAM). I really am proud of the fight and dedication these girls have shown and that sets the standards and expectations high for the future.”

Kacee Gober led Early (9-22, 1-9) in Tuesday’s finale with 11 kills followed by Jayslin King with nine, Tuesdi Tidwell and Ellie Ryan with eight apiece, Trinity Tomlinson with six, Hope Boswell with two and Cylee Tyson and Morgan Luckie with one apiece.

King and Tyson distributed 15 assists apiece followed by four from Tomlinson, two each from Tidwell and Ryan and one apiece by Boswell, Gober and Gabby Constancia.

King served a pair of aces while Tomlinson, Constancia and Ryan chipped in one each.

Defensively, Tomlinson’s 21 digs were a team-high trailed by 17 from Boswell, 13 apiece from Constancia, King and Holly Callaway, 12 from Tyson, five from Tidwell, three from Luckie and one from Gober.

At the net, Ryan notched five blocks while Gober finished with two and Tomlinson, Boswell, King and Tidwell contributed one apiece.