OKLAHOMA CITY — Pride meant something for Mallory Tagge in her final match for the Enid Acers Wednesday at the Class 5A state girls tennis tournament.

Tagge didn’t reach her goal of winning the No. 1 doubles title, as she and Morgan Humphrey were upset by Edmond Memorial’s Miiki Allen and Meredith Massey, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in the semifinals.

However, Tagge, who had lost in the No. 1 doubles final as a junior and the No. 2 final as a sophomore, ended her career on a high note. She and Humphrey beat Norman’s Amanda Cline and Dominique Schreiner, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 in the third-place match.

“It (semifinal) hurt, but you can’t hurt for too long because you have a match 45 minutes after that,” Tagge said. “You have to get over it. Going out with a win is the best way to go out, even though it’s for third place.”

Tagge battled a sore throat and congestion Wednesday, but offered no excuses.

“When I was playing, I wasn’t thinking about that,” she said. “I was just thinking about getting the shots in.”

Massey and Allen, who were 1-3 against Tagge and Humphrey, won the last four games of the third set to end Tagge’s dream of a state title.

“I think that’s when I realized this is it for me,” Tagge said. “I can’t do anything about that now. I have bigger fish to fry when I get back to town, like graduating.”

Tagge and Humphrey jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker against Cline and Schreiner. They won the first four games of the second set, including three that went to deuce.

“We were a lot more relaxed in this match because there wasn’t any pressure on us,” Tagge said. “We went for shots that we never really go for. We wanted to play it out.”

Tagge and Humphrey finished with a 33-8 record.

“I feel horrible for Mallory,” Humphrey said. “She’s been hurt and sick. It didn’t click for us today.”

Tagge had been healthy until coming down with strep throat last week.

“It’s hard to understand why bad things happen to such good people,” Enid coach Darrell Herndon said of Tagge. “She’s been a tremendous player, and we’ll miss her a lot.”

Emily Fike, at No. 2 singles, finished in eighth place after losses to Shannon Hamilton of Sand Springs, 6-2, 6-0 and Molly Morris of Owasso, 6-4, 6-2. She finished with a 27-19 record.

“I didn’t play very well today,” Fike said. “But I didn’t think I would make it past the first two rounds. I feel I did pretty well to place.”

Herndon said the state experience should prove valuable to sophomores Humphrey and Fike.

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