Fruitvale claims final postseason spot
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 26, 2005 - FRUITVALE - With a chance of forcing a one-game playoff with a win Friday night, the Yantis Lady Owls could not overcome their miscues in a three-game sweep by the Fruitvale Lady Cats.

The Lady Cats won by scores of 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 to finish the regular season in second place in District 19-A at 18-12 overall and 8-2 in district. 

"There is nothing to be taken away from Fruitvale, and they were a very good team," Yantis coach Bill Magness said. "They played a lot better ball control than we did and ball control was the main thing."

In Game 1, Fruitvale took to a 22-9 lead as Felicia Stone nailed six kills during the game and teammate Erin Lane went on an 8-0 serving run with three aces.

Stone finished with 11 kills on the night and was one of the key players for the Lady Cats offense. Lane finished with five aces, four blocks and two kills.

In Game 2, the Lady Owls started playing consistently and tied the game at 7-7 on a kill from junior Jayna Bevill off an assist from Starla Burchfield. But Lane and Stone once again extended the Fruitvale lead to 12-7 as Lane had four service points and Stone had two kills on assists from Ashley Edwards, who finished with nine assists.

Magness said the team started to miss their serves in Game 2, as the Lady Owls had four errant serves in the game, and 10 missed serves in the match. 

In Game 3, the momentum continued on the side of the Lady Cats as they had six aces and five kills as a team.

Brooke Yates had four aces during a six-point run which gave Fruitvale a 15-8 lead late in the game. Lane had the other two aces during the game.

With three seniors playing in their final game for Yantis, Magness said the loss will be tough for them and the season they had was better than what they had hoped this year.

"It is going to be tough for these seniors with it being their final game and not doing better than what we expected, but they will hang in their and most of these girls play basketball," the coach said. "We only won four games last year and this year we won 15 games, so that is quite an improvement."

Yantis had four kills each from Bevill and Burchfield, and three kills from Jamie Gilliland, Esther Fernandez and Christina Bean. Burchfield also had three aces, three assists and one block, Bevill recorded two blocks and one assist, and Bean added two aces.

"I was real proud of these girls with how they played this year and the big turnaround from last year. They had a very good year," Magness said.


CUMBY - The Cumby Lady Trojans wrapped up the season with a five-game win over the Miller Grove Lady Hornets during Senior Night.

The Lady Trojans won by scores of 25-16, 15-25, 25-12, 17-25, 15-1 to finish the season with a 15-15 overall record and 4-6 in District 19-A.

Cumby's Mary Ugalde led the way with a double-double of 28 service points and 25 assists, Karen Lacey had seven points and four kills, Erin Templeton recorded five points, four kills and two blocks, Jenna Deeds contributed five points, Kasidy Huddleston had four points and four assists, Scarlett Tarno added three points and four kills, and Ashley Heer had three points.

Natalie Bailey led the way for Miller Grove with 10 points, six digs, one block and 13 kills, Callie Smith had 13 points, five blocks and eight kills, Hayli Gannon added 10 points, two assists and one kill, and Adrian Estrada recorded nine points, 14 assists and one kill.

"It's always a dogfight between us and Cumby, so I was prepared to go five games," said MGHS coach Sara Garmon. "I don't know why but we decided to make all of our errors in the fifth game."


BIRTHRIGHT - The No. 7-ranked North Hopkins Lady Panthers went undefeated through the district season and took care of the Boles Lady Hornets in three games Tuesday night.

North Hopkins won by scores of 25-11, 25-11, 25-7 to finish the regular season with a 30-3 record and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Katy Williams led the way with 11 service points, nine kills, four aces, two digs and one assist, Maegan Baxter had 14 points, 24 assists and six kills, Ebbonye Johnson added eight kills and one dig, Tashona Berry had six points, one ace, seven digs and four kills, Sabra Thomas contributed eight points, four aces, four kills and two assists, Kaylee Cotten had 12 points, two aces and one dig.

NH coach Danna Lewis also praised the play of Holli Argenbright, Ashley Hooten and libero Ashley Wilson, who finished with 15 digs and one assist for the Lady Panthers.

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