NL stays atop district standings

From Staff Reports

Oct. 17, 2007 - PARIS - State-ranked North Lamar kept its unbeaten streak alive in District 11-4A with a three-game victory over the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats on Tuesday.

North Lamar, ranked No. 20 by the TGCA, won by scores of 25-15, 25-9, 25-13 to clinch at least a share of the district title. The Pantherettes (9-0 in district, 29-4 overall) will play Paris (8-1) on Friday in a match for first place.

The Lady Cats (1-8, 13-22) will travel to Lindale on Friday in a spoiler role. They will try to upset Lindale (4-5), which is currently tied with Texas High for the final playoff spot.

SSHS head coach Rachel Curtis said the Lady Cats played well against North Lamar, but the Pantherettes just played better.

" We played real well, but they had some good sharp hitters and hit the ball well. We played excellent defense," Curtis said. "The scores don't indicate the kind of work we put into it because we really played well.

"Their coach paid us a big compliment after the game. He said we're the best defensive team in the district, but we're just missing that height."

Junior Mackenzie Cross was "especially aggressive" at the net, Curtis said, and finished with a team-high three kills and 19 digs. Baleigh Butler and Krista McMahan each added two kills, while Katie Dodd and Brittani Crawford finished with one kill each.

Butler and senior Amanda McGowin had nine digs apiece, and sophomore setter Maurie Lewis added seven assists and one kill.

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