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Lady Tigers grab huge win over Lady Indians

BISMARCK – It was a battle of two of the undefeated in the Small-School division, when the Arcadia Valley Lady Tigers challenged the Bismarck Lady Indians on the Bismarck court. The Lady Tigers stayed just enough ahead in game one and won a very even battle in game two to win the match 25-23, 25-21.

“They played outstanding, and we did not,” said Bismarck coach Paula AuBuchon. “We had a chance to win the second game, but couldn’t put it away.”

“Everything was going our way tonight. Our team played together really well and it resulted in a win,” said Arcadia valley coach Laura Williams. “This is only the second time in 11 years we have beaten Bismarck.”

Arcadia Valley kept the pressure on with their offense. Kassie Walker nailed down nine kills, Megan Reichert had six and Leah Williams had four. However, it was the Lady Tiger defense that kept Bismarck off-balance.

Williams turned back five Bismarck kills with blocks, and what got past Williams found Walker and Reichert on defense with 12 and 10 digs respectively, resulting in a low number of kills for Bismarck’s potent offense. Lacey McCaulla and Chelsey Politte led the Lady Indians with four kills each.

“They moved the ball around real well and kept us on defense all night,” added AuBuchon.

Stephanie Politte and McCaulla served up six points each for the Bismarck. McCaulla also made six digs, and Chelsey Politte had 12 digs. Whittni Swanguarim made 10 assists and 12 digs.

Both teams will play next in the Perryville Tournament this Saturday and could possibly face each other again after pool play. Arcadia Valley is now 7-3 and 2-0 in the conference. Bismarck is 8-3 with a 1-1 conference record.

Valle 2, Kingston 0

Kingston was helpless in their first game against the Lady Warriors, but the Lady Cougars did not fold but instead came back strong in game two. Valle won the match 25-6, 25-23.

“Everybody was on their toes in the second game. We had an awesome crowd tonight,” Kingston coach April Jackson attributed to their near comeback.

The Lady Warriors had 20 kills to 10 for the Lady Cougars. Katie Jo Bergtholdt led the way with eight kills. Erin Bruns led the team in serves with 11 service points and Carla Stoll had 10. Stoll was a assist leader with 11.

Alisha Aubuchon led in kills for Kingston with four, Dani Mehrtens had three, and Miranda Politte had two. Politte and Aubuchon had three digs each and Ciara Hopson led in blocks with two.

Valle is now 7-4 and leads the small school division at 3-0. Valle will play next at the Jeffco Tourney on Saturday. Kingston will seek their first win on Tuesday when they play Valley at Caledonia.

Fredericktown 2, Meadow Heights 1

FREDERICKTOWN – The Fredericktown Lady Cats got off to a slow start Thursday night and lost the first game to Meadow Heights, but came back in game two to win in overtime and the momentum switched to the Lady Cats side of the court. Fredericktown won the match 16-25, 28-26, 25-22.

The Lady Cats had to come back in the third game as well, but due to the sharp serves of senior Angie Miller who served eight straight points, they were able to come back and capture the win.

Nicki Settlemoir led the team in kills with eight and Deidre Hughes had five kills along with six blocks in the match. Danielle Johnson made nine assists and had 19 digs. Miller served up 10 points on the night.

Fredericktown (7-5-1) will play in the Perryville Tournament on Saturday.

Central 2, Sullivan 1

SULLIVAN – The Central Lady Rebels used a brand new lineup Thursday night and were missing their leading hitter Chelsea Pinson due to injury, but losing their first game, the Lady Rebels fought back to knock off the home team, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19.

“Mimi (Miyuki Okunaka) and Heather Branch were passing machines for us tonight,” said Central coach Tracie Casey. “Their passes were perfect for our setter.”

Jessica Davis made 15 sets that were converted into Central kills. Myranda Marshall made eight kills and Jessica Lawson had seven with both girls making 10 digs each.

Central improved their record to 6-6 and will play at the Clearwater Tournament on Saturday with Van Buren, Clearwater and Lesterville in their pool.

Sullivan 2, North County 1

SULLIVAN – The second half of Sullivan’s doubleheader was with the North County Lady Raiders. The Lady Raiders had the momentum going their way in game one, but “then we seemed to slow down a bit,” said North County coach Mary Warren. “Our serve receive failed us in the last two games.”

North County won the first game by a score of 25-20 and then lost the next two by the same score.

Jessica Pinkston led the team in service points with 11 and Annie Hinch had 10. Pinkston also led in digs with eight. Haley Motley had a strong net game with four kills and two blocks, and Sarah Sylvester also had four kills. Britney Hodgkins made five assists for the Lady Raiders.

North County (3-7) will play next at Herculaneum on Monday.

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