Lady Trojans win first district match over Miller Grove
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 5, 2005 - MILLER GROVE - Cumby coach Renee' Morris knows one thing about her team heading into the final six games of the district season - the team needs to be more consistent after a 1-3 district start.

"We need to be consistent and we need to come out of Saturday's contest against Boles with a win and knock off either North Hopkins, Fruitvale or Yantis, so we need to take care of business," the coach said.

The Lady Trojans won in five games against the Miller Grove Lady Hornets 25-12, 19-25, 20-25, 26-24, 15-12 on Tuesday to even their overall record at 12-12 on the season.

Miller Grove is now 8-15 overall and 0-4 in District 19-A, and coach Sara Garmon said they need to win its remaining games starting with Fruitvale this weekend.

"We have got to win out the rest of district, and now that we have seen everybody except for Fruitvale, we will watch film and see who has done what on their teams and see what we can do in this next round," Garmon said.

Game 4 was the deciding game for the Lady Trojans after losing Games 2 and 3 as Miller Grove took a 24-19 lead on an ace by Natalie Bailey with match point on the line.

Bailey then served the ball into the net and Ashley Heer served out the game for Cumby, which won on a kill from Erin Templeton off a Kasidy Huddleston assist, to force a deciding fifth game.

In Game 5, the Lady Trojans jumped out to the 6-0 lead on the serving of senior captain Mary Ugalde as Cumby scored 13 unanswered points during that run.

Miller Grove's Callie Smith cut into the deficit in the final game with four straight service points to pull them to within 9-7 on a kill by Bailey off of an Adrian Estrada assist. 

Smith had five kills and 10 aces, Bailey had 17 kills and three blocks, and Estrada had two kills, four aces and eight assists for the Lady Hornets.

Cumby dominated Game 1 against Miller Grove as Lindsey Lemon led them on a nine-point scoring run for a 23-9 lead. She recorded five aces during that run.

In Game 2, Miller Grove turned up the heat on Cumby, jumping out to a 16-4 lead as Bailey slammed a kill down for the Lady Hornets.

Morris said the roller-coaster play of the team during their games this season needs to be solved with the final half of the season starting Saturday.

"That is the big question right now because at one point, we are playing excellent and then the next game we shut it down," Morris said. "Those girls have got to learn to pull it together and be on the same page at the same time."

In Game 3, senior Scarlett Tarno gave the Lady Trojans a 19-13 lead on one of her seven kills in the contest but after a shot into the net by Cumby, Smith then served six straight aces to give MGHS a 20-19 lead.

Miller Grove then held on for the 25-20 win behind three kills from Bailey and an ace from Rebecca George.

Ugalde led the way for the Lady Trojans in the match with seven aces, four kills and five assists, while teammate Templeton had five kills and five aces, and Karen Lacey had seven kills and one ace.

Ashley Heer had two aces and one kill, Jenna Deeds had one ace and one kill, and Huddleston had four assists for Cumby.

Hayli Gannon had three kills and one ace for the Lady Hornets in the loss.

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