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Monday Roundup: West County regroups to sweep Crystal City

West County senior Isabella Skaggs serves during game one of a volleyball match against Valley on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Leadwood. (Matt King,

LEADWOOD – The West County volleyball team bounced back from a shaky weekend tournament with improved passing on Monday evening.

Senior middle Isabella Skaggs compiled 10 kills, nine digs and four aces, and served an 8-0 scoring run in game three as the Lady Bulldogs swept Crystal City 25-13, 25-20, 25-17.

Freshman Grace Lynch totaled nine kills, nine assists, seven digs and three aces while Kylie Spivey chipped in five kills and seven digs toward the victory.

Five different players registered multiple kills in game one for West County (9-12-5), which jumped ahead 20-11 when Spivey and Lynch landed spikes on consecutive points.

Kaytlen Hartley capped the stanza with a good swing following two Lynch aces, and paced the setting effort with 19 assists, seven digs and four kills overall.

Crystal City established a 6-3 edge in game two on two aces by Hannah Schilly, but a flurry of ball handling errors triggered a shift in favor of the home team.

Skaggs sent down three attacks during a progression across the front, and Lynch made it 19-10.

Bella Hankins twice cleared the ball into vacated spots to help reduce a 23-13 deficit to 24-20, but a West County timeout preceded game-ending service error.

Lynch terminated after Spivey extended a rally with three straight digs for a 5-0 start to game three, and the margin swelled to 16-3 after Skaggs dropped in three quick aces.

Addisyn Hedgcorth amassed half of her 10 digs in the final game, and added three kills. West County teammate Lacey LaMarr added eight digs, and Maylee Merrill provided two kills.

Kayleigh Fechter paced Crystal City with six kills and two aces. Hankins knocked down five kills, and Schilly notched four more.

Central 3, Perryville 0

PERRYVILLE, Mo. – Just before officially landing the top seed for the MAAA Tournament on Monday evening, Central completed a 25-17, 25-18, 25-21 road sweep over Perryville.

Blair Sitton knocked down 12 kills, and Avery Johnson added 10 more as the Lady Rebels became the fourth conference team to reach 20 victories this season.

Madison Dunn totaled 20 digs and 10 assists for Central (20-4).

Kelsie Politte picked up 13 digs, and Sydney Miles distributed a team-high 19 assists.


Kennett 5, North County 1

ST. LOUIS – North County reached a familiar roadblock in the Class 1 state girls tennis playoffs, as Kennett rolled to a 5-1 sectional victory on Monday.

Chloe Roach and Claire Scott salvaged an 8-3 doubles win for the Lady Raiders, but three consecutive singles triumphs pushed Kennett (18-0) toward the finish line.

State doubles contenders Claire Bean and Handley McAtee topped Lucy Pace and Camille Skaggs 8-1. Christi Tejeda and Olivia Rebstock held off Alli Scott and Kinley Tracy 8-6.

Pace sustained her first singles loss of the season as Bean prevailed 6-1, 6-1. McAtee beat Alli Scott and Tejeda downed Tracy in straight sets as well.

Rebstock claimed the first set from Skaggs, and Jady Quinn battled Roach to a first-set tiebreake when the action was called. Claire Scott and Emory Kemper were tied 6-6.

North County (14-2) recently claimed its fourth consecutive district title. Pace will compete in the state singles tournament starting Friday in Springfield.

Kennett suffered its first loss, 5-4, to Ursuline Academy in the quarterfinals on Monday night.

Singles Results:

1. Claire Bean (K) def. Lucy Pace 6-1, 6-1

2. Handley McAtee (K) def. Alli Scott 6-1, 6-2

3. Christi Tejeda (K) def. Kinley Tracy 6-2, 6-0

Doubles Results:

1. Bean/McAtee (K) def. Pace/Skaggs, 8-1

2. Tejeda/Rebstock (K) def. A Scott/Tracy, 8-6

3. Roach/C Scott (NC) def. Quinn/Kamper, 8-3


East Carter 19, Fredericktown 10

ELLSINORE, Mo. – East Carter scored 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, before darkness fell, and topped Fredericktown 19-10 in the regular-season softball finale on Monday.

Anna Crowley notched three RBI, and matched Katelyn Nichols, Ciara Duckett, Zelma Cooley and winning pitcher Calleigh Miller with two hits each for the Redbirds.

Miller allowed four earned runs on 10 hits, and struck out three batters over six innings. Mykencie Hutchinson added a two-run double to bolster East Carter (11-11).

Fredericktown (15-6) rallied from a 9-2 deficit after three innings to grab a 10-9 advantage in the top of the sixth, but was hindered by seven defensive errors.

Michaela Reagan allowed 13 hits and seven walks while striking out five in the loss. Ten of the 19 runs charged against her were unearned.

Allie Bloom finished 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Sadie Gibson was 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the visiting Lady Blackcats.

Fredericktown picked up RBI hits from Abby Kinkead, Miley Wengler and Jonsyn Rehkop while Laynee King singled and walked.

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