The Carthage Lady Bulldogs were supposed to honor their seniors and play the Rusk Lady Eagles Tuesday night.

But a funny thing happened on the way to Bulldog Gym.

The Rusk JV and freshman teams were already in Carthage, but the varsity team was on the road when they found out one of their players had tested positive for COVID-19.

The varsity bus turned around, and the sub-varsity teams were quickly on their bus heading back to Rusk.

The game was made up Thursday.

The three seniors on the team are Caroline Baldree, Kaliyah Timmons and Kennedy Stanley.

“With everything that has gone on this year, these are the girls that led us,” Carthage Head Coach Dawn Stewart said. “These girls are amazing. We came in trying to figure everything out and these girls helped us get where we are.

“Caroline is the vocal leader; the encourager. Kaliyah gives us her energy, spark and passion for the game. Kennedy is the nurturer, the mother hen.”

Stewart said the trio each use her respective strength to help the team.

“They all came together and it works for us,” Stewart said. “They put their talents together and it gives us the type of leadership we need.

“We’ve faced challenges, like being in quarantine — Kennedy was in it twice. But they all kept after it. We’re blessed to have them as part of the Lady Dawg program. They’re going to be missed.”