At the KHSAA regionals, the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats' Dance team qualified for the state competition, which is slated to take place this Saturday in Lexington.
According to dance team members, senior Natalie McAbee and junior Jacee Cummings, the team overcame some adversity by decisions that were made by team members and coaches.
"We had to wait a week for the results. We got fourth in pom and seventh in hip-hop and we thought our score in hip-hop could have been better," Dance team coach Grace Johnson said. "One full point separated fourth and seventh place so we know that there are little things that we can fix to do better at state."
The team competed in hip-hop and pom small divisions at Muhlenberg County High School in the KHSAA regionals. They finished in seventh in hip-hop with a cumulative score of 47.55. The top eight qualified for state, as Daviess County was the top team with a score of 53.15.
They finished in fourth in
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pom with a cumulative score of 49.98. The top nine qualified for state as Henderson County was the top team with a score of 55.10.
"I think regionals went well for our team," Taylor Harvey said. "Compared to last year, I feel like we placed a lot better than we did in the past. Getting ready for this, we grew stronger as a team and even more with this first competition in our past."
"We were hoping to place in the top five in both competitions. We got it in pom but we just need to correct the little things," Johnson said. "The judges loved our choreography. Everything was so creative that we did which we owe that to Jessica Curtis. They liked our spacing and tricks but they thought we could have been sharper and our timing could have been better."
The team has been preparing for state competition and wants to improve from last year's 10th place finish in the small pom division. This will be the first time they compete in the hip-hop small division competition.
"We are so excited right now," Emma Peden said. "After regionals, we are definitely a little nervous about state but we have grown so much as a team and we have so much fun at practices and in our competitions as well. I know we'll be ready for Saturday as we have cleaned up and fine tuned our routines for it."
The team is coached by Lauren Hall and Grace Johnson and consists of FaSharra Payne, Mackenzie Fleming, Natalie McAbee, Caroline Yates, Katie Bunch, Jillian Sevilla, Eliza Cook, Jacee Cummings, Annie Massey, Bretton Flynn, Taylor Harvey, Brea Farmer, Julianna Whitney, Emma Peden, Makenna Delk and Grayson Groves.