Lady Cats power over Crawford
The North Harrison Lady Cats got two things done last Tuesday night: They put away the host Crawford County Lady Pack in three games as well as worked on some new scenarios for their sectional match tomorrow (Thursday) against Brownstown. For both teams, it was a good final tune-up before the tournament.
‘We took a look at different defenses than what we’ve been playing because, when we played Brownstown a couple of weeks ago, we really got beat through the center of the court,’ North Harrison coach Wes Briscoe said. ‘So, we worked on some things tonight to, hopefully, take that away when we play them again, because, in that match, we were with them in game one.’
‘We just kind of wanted to approach this game as to play them how we’re going to try to play (Eastern) Pekin in the sectional,’ Crawford County coach Kim Allen said. ‘We really wasn’t concerned about what they had. Let’s just pretend that this person is this person and we’re going to do this and that’s going to be Pekin. That’s how we’re going to go at them.’
Both teams matched each other early in game one until the Lady Cats got a foothold following a pair of aces by Kelsey Stickler to lead 10-6. North Harrison later built on that lead when Amber Longest aced and Hayley Renneker killed twice for a 17-9 advantage. The Lady Cats went on for the 25-18 win.
‘We were a little rough,’ Briscoe said. ‘We’ve been practicing this new defense and wanted to see what it looked like tonight. It really didn’t look too bad.’
‘They’ve got a few more hammers than what we’ve got, but I didn’t think it was so much as that as it was they’ve just got a really good setter,’ Allen said. ‘She just places the ball really well for them to hit. That’s not taking anything away from our setter. If you can get the ball set a little closer to the net, we’ve got some strong hitters.’
Game two saw the two teams swap the lead early until Rebekah Stephenson swatted in four North Harrison service aces for an 8-5 Lady Cats lead. North Harrison later made a 7-0 run to lead 18-8. From there, North Harrison went on to win, 25-15.
Crawford County got the upper hand early in game three with a 4-1 lead. That quickly changed when North Harrison made a 10-0 run to lead 11-4.
The Lady Cats went on to win 25-13, but Crawford County did find a weakness in North Harrison’s defense with Lindsay Cate dumping in three tips for points. Briscoe said that is an area he will have to fix before the tournament.
‘That’s a little bit of a concern with the new defense that we’re trying out because it causes us to open up the middle of the floor a little bit,’ Briscoe said. ‘We’re not quite used to getting those coverages done. ‘ We’ve got a week to figure that out.’
Emily Giles led North Harrison with 15 kills, and Renneker finished with 10. Kayla Elsea had seven kills, while Stephenson delivered five service aces. Stickler had three aces and two kills, and Jill Book had four aces. The Lady Cats had 15 errors, missed nine serves, but delivered 17 aces on serve.
Cate led Crawford County with eight kills, and Brooke Bauer had six kills. The Lady Pack missed five serves, had four aces and committed 14 errors.
With the regular season now over, both teams turn their attention to the sectional where the Lady Cats will meet Brownstown in the 3A Salem Sectional tomorrow (Thursday).
‘Nobody’s expecting us to beat Brownstown,’ Briscoe said. ‘Nobody’s expecting Corydon to beat Silver Creek. So, we don’t have anything to lose. ‘ If we stay focused in the tournament, we could catch them looking past us into that Saturday morning game. ‘ We could do something special, but we’ll just have to wait and see.’