“I said I couldn't because I had too much homework,” she said. “(It bothers me) a little bit because he had asked for me to come visit soon, but he wouldn't be mad.
“He never got mad.”
After all the emotions of the day, Cannon admitted it was difficult to concentrate on her match. She and Irwin fought through the wind and difficult shots but failed to win their match. The 6-2, 6-2 loss to Landry Briscoe and Abigail Grimmett of Pauls Valley eliminated them from the Class 4A tournament.
Neither Cannon nor Irwin cried after the match. Instead, they stood on the court and did a mini-group hug with two other teammates.
“I tried to get her not to come,” Irwin said. “I completely understood if she couldn't. She's very resilient.”
Cannon, a freshman, is the youngest on the team. Both Irwin and Glazier said Cannon is strong and extremely mature, even if the rest of the team always tries to protect her.
Oklahoma Bible's girls' tennis team couldn't protect Molly Cannon from the grief of losing a loved one, but they were shocked she continually apologized for having to forfeit the first match and promised to make the second match.
“She thought she was letting us down,” Glazier said. “We were just excited that she was going to get to play.
“It was still a shock to her. She has faith in God, though, and she knows where her grandpa is.”