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Tough night on the court; Miller Grove, North Hopkins drop hard-fought volleyball matches

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PATTONVILLE — Two District 18-1A volleyball teams went down in spirited bi-district action played here Tuesday night at Prairiland High School.

The Miller Grove Lady Hornets saw their season end in a marathon five-set battle against James Bowie.

Miller Grove

vs. James Bowie

Miller Grove won the first two games 25-22, 25-17, but lost the final three tilts 21-25, 25-12, 15-10 as the Lady Pirates rallied.

The Lady Pirates were bolstered by the strong play of Hanna Liedtke at the net. The tall Liedtke was a force to be reckoned with with with spikes, blocks and kills. Nine of her 19 kills were done in the final two games with the contest up for grabs.

“Their big girl (Liedtke) really beat us more than their team,” Miller Grove head volleyball coach Jennifer Payne said of the match with James Bowie. “We played the team well, that one girl really hurt us.”

Payne continued, “We could have played more to our potential. Haley Potts played very well, I wish all the players had her intensity. We had the lead early, then we let momentum slip away from us and we could not get  it back. This is the third year in a row for this group to be in the playoffs, I am really proud of them.”

Potts, had 13 kills for the game, the junior was an emotional leader for the Miller Grove team.

Senior Shaye-Lynn Emerick played her final volleyball game for the Lady Hornets.

The first game was a see-saw battle with score tied on several occasions. The Lady Hornets got steady serving from Mareyna Pillard for five key points down the stretch, including three aces. Miller Grove won the first game 25-22.

Pillard and Emerick had strong serves early in the second game with two kills from Potts as Miller Grove edged ahead 10-6. The Lady Hornets kept padding the lead with Jena Burns serving for three key points. The second game ended with two of the three points coming off strong net play and high-flying powerful kills by Potts. Miller Grove appeared to be cruising taking the second game 25-17 to go up 2-0 in the match.

Liedtke had five kills in the early stage of the third game as Miller Grove fell behind 14-11. The Lady Hornets fought back to tie the score at 17-all, but the Lady Pirates were too strong down the stretch and won 25-21.

In the fourth game, Miller Grove got off to a slow start, falling behind 7-1 thanks to six consecutive serves by Brooke McIntosh. The Lady Hornets lost by the final of 12-25.

The Lady Hornets again struggled to get momentum in the deciding fifth game. They overcame a 5-2 deficit  to get big service points from Kelsey Steele to tie the game at 9-all. Liedtke finished the game strong with four big kills and Miller Grove lost by the 10-15 final.

North Hopkins vs. Avery

The senior-laden North Hopkins team lost to Avery 18-25 in the first game, came back to tie the match with a 25-18 win, but fell 12-25-, 20-25 in the final two games of their bi-district playoff.

All eight NH seniors, Adesha Bisenius, Hayden Flippen, Cheyenne Duke, Elizabeth Shaw, Brittany Whatley, Tana Hall, Kathryne Dunn and Courtney Loper went home disappointed following the loss.

“Avery did what I thought they would. They are scrappy and dig everything up.  My girls played hard and never gave up.  I don't feel and I know the girls don't feel that they played their best game. However, you have nights like that — you just hope its not on a playoff night.  Our goal was to make it to the playoffs and we did that. I am proud of the girls and their accomplishments.They worked hard and had a great season. All we can do now is wish Cumby and Avery the best of luck and get ready for next year,” said North Hopkins head volleyball coach Danna Lewis.

The Lady Panthers were making their seventh playoff appearance in 12 years under Lewis.

In the first game, six straight service points by Avery allowed them to jump out to a 7-2 lead. North Hopkins got a comeback rolling when Shaw served for three points, including two aces. Moments later it was Chrissy Hall geting four strong serves in and coupled with Avery errors, the Lady Panthers tied the game at 13-all. The score was tied at three other occasions, but Avery pulled away late to win 25-18.

The best game of the night for North Hopkins came in the second contest. The game was tied three times. With the score 10-all, the Lady Panthers got good serves from Hall. Loper, a crafty southpaw, pounded home several thunderous kills. North Hopkins shots found the lines and the squad went up 20-15. The Lady Panthers won, 25-18.

In the other contests, Avery took control and won both. The Lady Bulldogs won the third game by 12 points, but had to fight harder, taking the fourth game by a just a five-point margin.

Miller Grove was the second place team in 18-1A with North Hopkins taking third.

The district 18-1A champion Cumby won a recent warmup game against Caddo Mills. The No. 23-state ranked Lady Trojan squad will play Big Sandy at a time and place to be determined. Cumby, 28-5, had a first round bye in the playoffs.




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