YORK — Something had to give.
In a Bay Rivers District clash of unbeaten field hockey teams at Bruton on Thursday night, Tabb High walked away intact, defeating Bruton 4-1.
The second half was just under way at 29:22 when Tabb's Mallory Henderson made it a 3-0 advantage. She scored with an assist from Marie-Claire Evans. With 6:10 left in the game, Henderson scored again, with an assist from Madison Vann.
“It was intense throughout,” Tabb coach Wendy Wilson said.
Tabb took 11 shots and kept the pressure on Bruton's defense. Panthers goalie Haley Gardner made repeated saves.
The Panthers (11-1) never quit, breaking through with a goal with 1:22 left. DaSha Hill scored with an assist from Carley Shannon.
The visiting Tigers are familiar with winning. Tabb won four consecutive state titles from 2008-11 before a near-miss in 2012. It has not lost a district game in six years.
TABB 4, BRUTON 1
Half: 2-0. Goals: Tabb, Progar, Omweg, Henderson 2; Bruton, Hill. Assists: Tabb, Enoch, Evans, Vann; Bruton, Shannon. Records: Tabb 11-0, 6-0 Bay Rivers; Bruton 11-1, 5-1.