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SC rallies past Eagles

After rolling out to a 14-7 lead in the first game, host South Central looked like it was in the driver’s seat against rival Lanesville last night.
The Lady Eagles, who are the defending Class 1A Sectional 60 champions, proved their mettle by swinging momentum their direction, however, to capture the first set in ‘overtime,’ 29-27.
Despite the setback, South was able to buckle down, play a solid all-around floor game and win the next three to turn back Lanesville, 25-21, 25-19, 25-18.
‘We’re still a nervous team and we go up and down just like our emotions,’ South coach Patty Schaffer said. ‘They’ve struggled and come right back, which is sort of what happened against Providence. When they play their game and don’t try to get caught up in making every kill, they do much better. Once they get momentum, they do real well with it.’
Lanesville first-year coach Gary Timberlake said the difference in his club came down to its approach to the game.
‘To me, (the letdown) was because the girls stopped having fun,’ Timberlake said. ‘If you look at that first game, we were having a blast, laughing, playing around, things like that. After that first game, things started to fall apart and their faces dropped. They have to keep having fun in this game.’
Lanesville was actually within two points, 21-19, in the later stages of game two, however the Lady Rebels took advantage of a couple of visiting errors to post the win.
South jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the third set, but the Lady Eagles were able to rally back to 9-8 before South erupted on a 9-2 run.
Lanesville never recovered as South recorded the victory in game three, and eventually, game four.
Shaffer said she learned a lot from her team’s strong showing against Providence, where her team fell in four, 29-27, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18.
‘Tonight was sort of like that match in that it was a total team effort. It’s obvious that (Luedtke) is helping us out, but beyond that we really played as a team. I can’t see where any one player in particular stood out. They all did something at a certain point in the match.
‘This win felt good, especially with as strong as Lanesville has been in past years. They are still a good team and I’m sure they’ll be gunning for us the next time we play. We’ll just have to be ready and come out focused like we did in those last three games tonight.’
In jayvee action against Providence, the Lady Rebels fell, 25-12, 25-22.
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