ELIZABETHTOWN –In their regular-season finale Tuesday, the Lady Knights and Lady Eagles battled through four games before host West Bladen earned a Three Rivers Conference victory over their cross-county rivals.
The Lady Knights opened the match with a hard-fought 25-23 win, then took a 2-0 lead with a convincing 25-12 win in the second game. But East Bladen bounced back and took the third game, 25-15, to pull within 2-1.
West Bladen responded by rallying against the pesky Lady Eagles for a 28-26 win in the fourth game that sealed the match.
“This was a hard fought game,” said West Bladen coach Gaye Davis. “My seniors wanted to finish their season with a win. The difference tonight was serves. We had some tough points down the stretch. We were down 24-18 in the fourth set, and we kept our service and tied them.
“I am so happy and proud of all the girls,” she added. “The growth they have shown from Aug. 1 until now is incredible. It was a total team effort. It took hard work from all nine girls to get the win.”
Raegan Davis filled up the stat sheet for the Lady Knights with 14 kills, nine digs, eight service winners, four aces and two solo blocks. Elizabeth Allbright was right behind with seven kills, six service points, an ace and a solo block. Alise Pait had nine service winners, three kills and an ace; Mikayla Winebarger had six kills and three aces; Patience Parker had five service points, four kills and an ace; Lexie Corrothers had six service points, two kills and an ace; Caroline Davis had 10 digs and a kill; and Callie Lewis had two kills and an ace.
West Bladen finished the regular season with an 8-14 record overall and 8-10 in the conference East Bladen finished 6-16, 4-13.