The race for second place in the district tightened up as the Pine Tree Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Cats, 3-1 at a very hot Wildcats Gym Tuesday night. It appeared the air conditioning in the gym was not turned on during the contest.
The Lady Pirates came out as hot as the gym and seized set one, 26-24. They continued their solid play and took set two, 25-19. The Lady Cats got out to a strong lead in set three before having to hang on to win, 27-25. In a set four that looked like it could go either way, the Lady Pirates won 26-24 to take the match.
The Lady Cats slipped to 7-3 in district play. Pine Tree improved to 7-4. The Lady Cats can still clinch second with victories over Mt. Pleasant Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Middle School Gym and over a struggling Marshall team in Marshall next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
For the Lady Cats, Rita Hill led the team with ten kills. Autumn Tanton had eight, Mieke VanBenthem five, Kaylee Jefferson four and Tori Moore two. Moore had 22 assists. Anden Hammack had a team high twelve digs, Imani Taylor had six and Moore five. Tanton had five block assists, Jefferson had three and Hill, VenBenthem and Madi Vickery had two apiece. In service aces, Maggie McGlammery had two and Taylor and Hammack had one apiece.
The Lady Cats also missed a chance to set the all time school record for victories in a season. They are now 28-10. They remain tied with last year’s team, which also won 28 games.