BELLEVILLE — It took the Belleville West doubles team of Maddie Woodrome and Keely Lougeay about an hour Wednesday to take command in their match against Hannah Bastar and Kaylyn Dresch of Belleville East.
On Thursday, it took the Woodrome-Lougeay duo 15 minutes to finish the job.
Leading 7-6, 3-3 when darkness caused play to be suspended in their No. 3 doubles match Wednesday, Woodrome and Lougeay won three straight games for a 7-6, 6-3 victory as West put the finishing touch on the Belleville city tennis championship with an 8-1 triumph over the Lancers.
West clinched the city crown by winning all six singles matches on Wednesday. But the Maroons saw their hopes for a clean sweep end when the Lancers' No. 1 doubles team of Rebecca McIsaac and Savannah Martin won a third-set tiebreaker over Blair Hollenbeck and Gabi Papachrisanthou to complete a 6-0, 5-7, 10-8 verdict.
"I was very pleased with how Savannah and Rebecca came out and played today," East coach Ross Peters said. "It's tough to come out and play a tiebreaker right off, but I thought our girls were aggressive from the first point on today. That was the difference.''
"The (team) match didn't turn out the way we wanted. But at least there was a little silver lining today."
West coach Jenny Mennerick was still all smiles despite the narrow loss at No. 1 doubles, after her team had wrapped up the city crown nearly 24 hours earlier.
"In a tiebreaker anything can happen. We fell behind 3-0 and did a good job of fighting back to give ourselves a chance,'' Mennerick said. "We may get another shot at them again at the (Southwestern) conference tournament and the sectional.
"I was pleased at how our No. 3 doubles team of Maddie (Woodrome) and Keely (Lougeay) did today. They played very well.''